Gilberto Clavell scored 21 points Saturday to lead Sam Houston State to a 69-40 victory over Ecclesia College.
Corey Allmond and Preston Brown added 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bearkats (6-3).
Ecclesia (9-6), a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association, was led by Robert Valentine with nine points.
The Royals kept the game close in the first half, trailing by only eight, 26-18, with 1:31 to play. But the Bearkats went on a 7-0 run to go up 33-18 at intermission. Sam Houston outscored the Royals 36-22 in the second half.
``Ecclesia did a good job of holding the ball and working the clock offensively and that allowed us to get a lot of repetitions defensively which is something we need,'' Sam Houston coach Bob Marlin said. ``We worked on defense almost exclusively every day this week and looked better today.''