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Sam Houston St. 69, SE Louisiana 64

2/12/2004

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Joe Thompson scored 18 points as Sam
Houston State beat Southeastern Louisiana 69-64 Thursday night.

Sam Houston State (10-10, 5-4 Southland) was ahead 37-29 at
halftime and led until midway through the second half. Nate Lofton
hit a basket with 7:26 remaining to give Southeastern Louisiana
(15-6, 7-3) a 53-52 lead.

The Bearkats regained the lead for good when Chris Jordan scored
a basket at the 7:10 mark to make the score 54-53.

Southeastern Louisiana led early after outscoring Sam Houston
State 12-3 in the game's first five minutes and had increased its
lead to 22-11 with 9:37 left in the first half. Sam Houston State
then went on a 26-5 run to lead at halftime.

Michael Gardener scored 16 and Amir Abdur-Rahim added 15 for
Southeastern Louisiana.