The Sam Houston State Bearkats extended their winning streak to four games with wins at Lamar University and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi over the weekend.
SHSU, led by junior center Eddy Fobbs, handed Lamar its first conference home loss of the season Thursday night 62-58. Fobbs exploded for a game high 17 points by shooting 8-for-8 from the field and he pulled down nine boards to go along with four blocked shots.
“Coach had been telling me to shoot more often,” Fobbs said. “I’ve got a little shot because I have been coming in and working on it.”
Fobbs feels that the Kats are right were they needed to be and are ready to make a run at a conference title.
“I think that we came out and made a big statement tonight, to let them know that we are ready and we are coming through,” he said.
“We felt Eddy would have a big game and he did,” said SHSU head coach Bob Marlin. “I’m extremely proud that he could come home and have a big game in front of his family.”
The Bearkats trailed for the first time in two games at the half 29-25, but fought their way back to take the lead with just over 14 minutes to play, thanks to a Jason Stephenson three pointer. Both teams traded baskets back and forth, with neither team being able to pull away.
Sam Houston went up by five with 41 seconds left when Fobbs quieted the hostile crowd with a monster two handed dunk and a foul. Fobbs missed the free throw, and Lamar’s center Brian Rowan hit a shot in the lane to cut the lead to three.
Freshman guard Marcus Ebow stepped up and converted a pair of free throw attempts to push the lead back to five. Cardinals’ forward Damany Hendrix then hit a three pointer with less than eight seconds left to pull Lamar within two.
Lamar was forced to foul and once again a freshman guard stepped to the free-throw line to try to seal the game for the Kats. Chris Jordan sank two clutch free throws to put the nail in the coffin that ended the Cardinals perfect home record.
“Not many people come in here and win,” Marlin said. “Plus in the standings we sweep them and they are going to finish near the top, so it will help us out if we tie.”
The Bearkats returned to Johnson Coliseum to take on Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in non-conference action Saturday night. The Bearkats beat the Islanders 66-59 on their way to extending their home record to 8-0.
Donald Cole rebounded from a sub par performance against Lamar, to score a season high 29-points including 5-8 from three-point land. Robert Shannon chipped in eight points and Ebow added seven for the Kats.
” We were able to hold them off till the end.” Marlin said. “This game was very similar to the Lamar game. We had to make a couple of plays and it took a freshman, Marcus Ebow, with a forced turnover and a couple of free throws late.”
The Islanders played from behind most of the game, but managed to take the lead in the second half 41-40 at the 16:41 mark. The lead didn’t last long and Sam went on an 11-2 run to go back on top for good.
The Bearkats travel to Hammond, La. to play Southeastern Louisiana Thursday at 7:45 p.m.