SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Aaron Wade scored 19 points and Ryan Bright added 12 to lead Sam Houston State to a 62-55 victory over Delaware State University at the Padre Island Classic Saturday.
Sam Houston (4-2) hit 45.8 per cent from the field, jumping out to a 34-15 halftime lead. Delaware State (2-5) was led by Darrin Shine with 13 points.
Bright led the Bearkats with nine rebounds. Jejuan Plair scored 10 points and dished out eight assists for Sam Houston State. Bright was named to the Padre Island Classic All-Tournament team.
“We beat a very good team tonight,” SHSU head coach Bob Marlin said. “Two years ago, Delaware State was in the NCAA tournament and lost to Duke by 11. Last year, they won their first round game in the NIT. “
The Bearkat defense played an important role in the victory, holding Delaware State to only 29 percent from the field in the first half.
“We got off to a quick start and were able to knock down some shots to go up 19 points at the half,” Marlin said. “Aaron Wade got hot early and helped us jump in front. The defense was outstanding in the first half. “
Sam Houston led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Hornets cur the lead to five late in the game. Free throw shooting turned the tide with the Bearkats hitting 13 of 17.
“Delaware State is a team that likes to run the clock and I thought we did a good job finishing out the game,” Marlin said. “We are happy to go out on the road and pick up a couple of victories this weekend.”
Sam Houston State’s next action will be a trip to Southern Mississippi Thursday.
Ryan Bright scored 22 points including a three-point basket with 14 minutes to play that put the Bearkats ahead to stay as Sam Houston State defeated East Tennessee State 72-61 in the Padre Island Classic Friday night at the Padre Island Civic Center.
Sam Houston State (3-2) will play Delaware State Saturday night at 4:30 p.m. Delaware State defeated Southern University of New Orleans 63-61 Friday.
Four other Bearkats joined Bright in double figures. Aaron Wade scored 11 points while Reggie Rawlins, Jejuan Plair and, Shamir McDaniel each scored 10 points.
Sam Houston jumped out to an early 11 point lead, going up 20-9 on the first of four three-point baskets by Bright seven minutes into the game.