The UCA men’s basketball team (6-17 SLC) fell 75-105 to the Sam Houston Bearkats (15-12) Feb. 20 at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.
According to UCA sports, turnovers were the weak point for the Bears against Sam Houston. The Bearkats took advantage of the Bears’ miscues by scoring 26 points off of turnovers.
SHSU added to their good reputation of scoring off of turnovers, as they average a total of 14 points per game from those turnovers. UCA had 15 while SHSU only had five turnovers.
SHSU scored most of their points by making 16-33 three pointers. UCA was 7-17 three- pointers.
“It begins with our defense, and we feed off that to lead to our offense,” sophomore point guard Jordan Howard said.
Howard led the team with a total of 19 points, including five field goals, two of which were three-pointers, and seven free throws. Foreman followed close behind with 16 points, including five field goals, three three- pointers, plus three free throws.
UCA did win the battle of the boards, out rebounding the Bearkats 34-32. Of the UCA rebounds, nine came from Kamba, with Brooks and Zuilhof also contributing with six rebounds each.
Of the 15 assists from UCA, junior point guard Jeff Lowery recorded four assists on the night for the Bears.
The season is coming to an end with five conference games remaining on the schedule. While the win/loss record may not be everything the Bears hoped for this season, there is still much to be excited about for the future of the program.
“The most rewarding part of the season has been playing with the younger guys,” Foreman said.
The Bears have a great opportunity to finish the season on a high note, with the remaining two conference games against McNeese State (6-18) and Nicholls State (7-2.) The Bears are currently placed ninth in the Southland Conference.
McNeese State comes in holding onto eleventh place and Nicholls State follows in the twelve spot.
“I think we will play well, as long as we play together and as a collective group like we have in our past three wins, we can beat anybody,” Howard said.
The Bears will face off with McNeese March 3 and Nicholls March 5.
This article originally appeared in the Feb. 24, 2016 print edition of The Echo.
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