Vereen leads UTA to Southland final in 72-66 win over Sam Houston

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KATY, Texas (AP)—Anthony Vereen scored 20 points to lead Texas-Arlington to a 72-66 win over Sam Houston State in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament Friday night.

Rog’er Guignard added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the seventh-seeded Mavericks, who will make their fourth appearance in the SLC tournament finals Sunday.

Texas-Arlington (20-11) has never won the tournament.

The Mavericks shot 50 percent from the field and went 7-of-16 on 3-pointers, including 5-of-9 from Guignard.

Sam Houston (23-8), the third seed, was led by forward Ryan Bright’s 19 points and 13 rebounds, his second double-double in as many tournament games.

Post John Gardiner added 12 points for the Bearkats, who shot 41 percent, including 9-of-25 from 3-point range.

Sam Houston led 40-37 at half before Texas-Arlington went on an 18-2 run to start the second half.

Sam Houston was within three at 69-66 with 13.8 seconds left, but Texas-Arlington sealed the game on free throws.

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 TX Arlington
Rog'er Guignard Rog'er Guignard
6-12,  17 Pts
8 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Sam Houston St.
Ryan Bright Ryan Bright
7-16,  19 Pts
13 Rebs, 4 Assists

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