Senior forward Terrance Motley scored 14 points to lead Sam Houston State to a 67-55 victory over Towson on the final day of the Etech Lumberjack Classic on Saturday at the William R. Johnson Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Junior guard Jabari Peters added 13 points for Sam Houston State (7-3) after being held to four in the first half. Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon scored 14 points and senior swingman Rafriel Guthrie had 13 for Towson (6-4), which fell to 0-4 on the road this season.
Sam Houston State led 26-16 with 5:38 remaining in the first half and took a 32-25 lead into the locker room at the break.
Neither team shot the ball well, but the Bearkats took advantage of the Tigers' mistakes. Towson outshot Sam Houston State 38.5 percent to 37.5 percent from the field, but the Tigers committed 11 turnovers and the Bearkats had three.
Towson held Sam Houston State's leading scorers, Peters and junior guard Kaheem Ransom, to four combined points in the first half, but the Tigers had trouble with Motley and senior forward James Thomas. Motley, who came into the game averaging 7.7 points, scored 10 in the first half. Thomas, who came in averaging 6.8 points, added eight.
Sam Houston State continued to build on its lead in the second half. The Bearkats went up 36-25 with 17:35 to play and extended their lead to 47-31 with 12 minutes remaining.
Peters found a rhythm in the second half and helped his team pull away, draining a 3-pointer to put Sam Houston State up 58-35 with 8:31 to go.
After failing to make a 3-point shot in the first half, the Bearkats got hot after halftime, making six of their first eight from beyond the 3-point arc after intermission.