Sam Houston Rolls to Victory Over NIU
Qua Grant scored 19 points as Sam Houston’s high-octane offense dominated Northern Illinois, 88-54, in Palms Division action at the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bearkats’ offense was firing on all cylinders as they shot 52 percent from the field, including 12 3-pointers. Lamar Wilkerson poured in 15 points and Donte Powers added 13 for Sam Houston State, who led for nearly 37 minutes of game action. In total, 11 different Bearkats registered points in the contest.
Zarique Nutter led Northern Illinois with 11 points, while Zion Russell and David Coit registered 10 points apiece.
The Bearkats got off to a blistering start, opening the game on a 19-6 run over the first nine minutes and leading 41-22 at the break. They shot 50 percent, including 7-of-12 from three, and forced 15 turnovers in the first half. Sam Houston showed no signs of fatigue as it went on to record 47 points in the second half.
Sam Houston will face the winner of South Dakota and Long Island University in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Palms Division championship game at 1:30 pm ET on Wednesday. Northern Illinois will play in the Palms Division third-place game at 11:00 am on Wednesday. Both games will be streamed live at FSW.com/FSWBucsLive.