Scores

Final

Sam Houston 58

(17-16, 8-10 Southland)

Oral Roberts 55

(18-14, 13-5 Summit)

    8:30 PM ET, March 14, 2013

    Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

    1 2 T
    SHSU 29 2958
    ORU 36 1955

    Top Performers

    Sam Houston State: W. Bond 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Oral Roberts: D. Bell-Holter 9 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sam Houston St. 58, Oral Roberts 55

    Associated Press

    KATY, Texas -- Paul Baxter scored 13 points, and sixth-seeded Sam Houston State rallied in the second half to knock off third-seeded Oral Roberts 58-55 on Thursday night and advance to the Southland Conference tournament semifinals.

    Terrance Motley added 12 points for the Bearkats (17-16), who allowed only 19 second-half points. Sam Houston State will face No. 2 seed Northwestern State on Friday with a spot in the final on the line.

    Warren Niles had 19 points for the Golden Eagles (18-14), and Korey Billbury chipped in 12.

    Oral Roberts shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 36-29 halftime lead, but SHSU pulled ahead in the second half behind hot 3-point shooting. The Bearkats led 57-51 with under a minute to play.

    SHSU nearly coughed up that lead, but a key Oral Roberts turnover with 9 seconds left helped the Bearkats secure the victory.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SHSU
    ORU
    Points 58 55
    FG Made-Attempted 23-46 (.500) 17-43 (.395)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-15 (.467) 2-12 (.167)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-9 (.556) 19-25 (.760)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 7

    2012-13 Season

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