Sam Houston State defeats Nicholls State 75-69

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THIBODAUX, La. (AP)—Ashton Mitchell scored 18 points and Sam Houston State defeated Nicholls State 75-69 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.

The Bearkats (17-5, 9-0 Southland Conference) led 39-25 with 18:27 left, before the Colonels (7-16, 3-7) went on a 17-4 run. Dominic Friend’s three-point play pulled Nicholls State within 43-42 with 12:41 to go.

The two teams traded baskets until Fred Hunter’s layup tied it at 64-64 with 2:38 to go.

Sam Houston State then got a layup from Ashton Mitchell and made 7 of 8 free throws to pull away.

After Nicholls State took an early 6-0 lead with 15:23 left in the first half, the Bearkats went on a 29-6 run, capped by Corey Allmond’s free throws with 4:54 left in the half.

Lance Pevehouse scored 13 points and Allmond finished with 12 for Sam Houston State.

Hunter led Nicholls State with 26 points and Anatoly Bose added 19.

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