HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Hal Bateman scored 15 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin past Sam Houston State 50-44 on Wednesday night.
Stephen F. Austin is now tied atop the Southland Conference with Northwestern State.
The Bearkats (14-12, 7-7) cut Stephen F. Austin's lead to three, 41-38, after James Thomas hit a lay-up with 4:35 to go but the Lumberjacks followed with an 8-2 run thanks to a bucket and two free throws by Bateman and a 3-pointer by Parker to put the game away for good.
Thomas ended his night with 14 points and eight rebounds. Nathaniel Mason had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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|