CONWAY, Ark. -- James Thomas had 26 points and 12 rebounds as Sam Houston State defeated Central Arkansas 80-75 on Saturday night.
Will Bond added 15 points and Darius Gatson 13 for the Bearkats (14-11, 7-6 Southland Conference), who took the lead for good while holding the Bears without a field goal for a 4:31 stretch in the final minutes.
Crawford's 3-point basket gave the Bears a 57-55 lead with 6:02 remaining, but the lengthy field-goal drought began after that. Meanwhile, Bond's 3-pointer and 12 points by Thomas keyed a 17-3 run.
Sam Houston State shot 30 for 45 (66.7 percent) from the free-throw line, with 18 of the makes in the final 6:24.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|