Bernardi added seven rebounds and Russell had five assists for the Huskies (3-1), who shot 51 percent from the floor.
In a close game throughout, Houston Baptist used a 12-0 run to go ahead 18-12 midway through the first half. Dallas Christian pulled within 39-37 at halftime and was still within three points when Will Mason hit a bucket to make it 65-62 with 8:29 remaining.
The Huskies used a 7-1 run to pull ahead 72-63 with 6:45 left, and Dallas Christian never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby announce their choices for sleepers in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Daryl Gross, who spent a decade as Syracuse's athletic director, will start as Division II Cal State-Los Angeles' AD in July.
Utah forward Brekkott Chapman, who averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds last season, has transferred to Weber State, coach Randy Rahe announced Wednesday.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|