Sam Houston St. 81, McNeese St. 66

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP)—Donald Cole scored 25 points to lead Sam Houston State to an 81-66 victory over McNeese State Wednesday night.

Eddy Fobbs added 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bearkats (21-8, 17-3 Southland), who jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the first nine minutes and never let McNeese State closer than 10 points afterward. Sam Houston State led at the half 43-26.

Marcus Waits led McNeese State (13-13, 9-10) with 15 points. Damond Williams added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

McNeese State had just eight turnovers, to 12 for Sam Houston State.

But Sam Houston had a 39-27 edge in rebounds.

For the game, the Bearkats made 51 percent of their shots (26-of-51) to just 42 percent for McNeese State (23-of-54).

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