Red Raiders Edged By Sam Houston State, 56-54
Nov. 14, 2007
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Shamir McDaniel scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Sam Houston State upset Texas Tech 56-54 on Wednesday night.
DeLuis Ramirez hit two driving layups in the final 1:35 to help Sam Houston preserve the win. His second with 58 seconds left gave Sam Houston a 53-49 lead. McDaniel's 3-point play with 43 seconds remaining put the Bearkats up 56-51.
The Bearkats improved to 2-0 and are 2-3 against the Red Raiders.
Tech (1-1) hit only 15 of 28 free throws and missed four crucial ones the final five minutes. John Roberson missed 2-of-3 from the line with 35 seconds to play. Roberson and Charlie Burgess missed 3-point attempts in the last 15 seconds.
Martin Zeno came alive in the second half, scoring 12 of his 16 points after hitting only 1-of-6 shots the first half.
Trailing 34-28 barely 3 1/2 minutes into the second half, Zeno scored 11 of his team's next 13 points to gain a 41-39 lead with 8:17 to play.
But Sam Houston controlled the rebounding with a 44-32 advantage for the game and led by as many as four the final two minutes.
Tech started slowly, missing four of its first five shots from the field while committing three turnovers. The Red Raiders only trailed 6-4 after five minutes. The Red Raiders then went on a 12-2 run to lead 16-8.
Sam Houston answered with its own 13-3 streak to take a 21-19 lead with 2:16 to play in the first half.
Ryan Bright then made two straight improbable driving, twisting layups and Sam Houston led 25-20 with 36 seconds left in the half.
Tech closed it to 25-23 at halftime.
The Red Raiders hit only 9 of 23 from the field in the first half and were outrebounded 27-13.
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