Johnson Coliseum was alive and full of energy for the Sam Houston State Bearkats Thursday night against the Southern University Jaguars. The Bearkats came into the game looking to rebound from Monday’s loss against the Ohio Bobcats. It was a physical game, but the Kats walked away victorious 91-83.
“It was a tough ball game, you have two teams that kind of need a win,” head coach Jason Hooten said. “We felt good to be able to get a win at home tonight. We knew it was going to be a dog fight.”
The Kats lead through the first half with their leading scorers senior guard Dakarai Henderson with 10 points and sophomore guard John Dewey III with 12 points.
SHSU got rid of the sour taste Ohio left in their mouth with the win tonight. The Kats shot 45 percent from the field and totaled nine assists. They also outnumbered the Jaguars in offensive rebounds, which gave the Kats a lot of second chance points.
“We did good job scouting their players and their plays,” Dewey III said. “We just wanted to focus on our game plan to stop their transition with our transition. I like playing out of conference teams because you never know what you can get and it’s good competition.”
Everyone on the Bearkats team got a taste of the court Thursday night, but the big impact players were Dewey and Henderson with their strong presence on offense and defense. Dewey led the Kats in scoring with 21 points, while Henderson added 14. Five Kats finished with double digits in scoring.
The Kats defense was not the best tonight, as they allowed the Jaguars to score 83 points. On the positive side, the Kats lead in defensive rebounds and forced turnovers. Senior forward Torry Butler notched a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The game got a little hasty in the second half when Southern guard Shawn Prudhome received a technical foul for getting into a scuffle with Butler. On the next possession, Butler received a technical.
“We lost a little bit of our composer there,” Hooten said. “The game got a little sloppy with some techs, but we didn’t respond the way we needed to when you have a 17 point lead. You have to put people away.”
SHSU pulled out a strong team win against the Jaguars. The Kats will now hit the road to match up against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 20 in Cookeville, TN. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.