Texas-San Antonio 79, Sam Houston St. 70

Devin Gibson scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had six

assists to push No. 7 seed Texas-San Antonio to a 79-70 win over

No. 3 seed Sam Houston State on Thursday night, sending the

Roadrunners to the Southland Conference title game.

Melvin Johnson III added 14 points and Sei Paye scored 12 for

Texas-San Antonio (18-13), which was 9 of 15 on 3-pointers and

outrebounded Sam Houston State 42-35.

Southland player of the year Gilberto Clavell led Sam Houston

State (18-13) with 25 points, 19 in the second half. Josten Crow

added 12 points for the Bearkats, who were 8 of 36 on

3-pointers.

Gibson, who scored 28 points in the Roadrunners’ first-round

comeback win over No. 2 seed Northwestern State on Wednesday, was 6

of 12 from the field and 11 of 15 from the free-throw line.