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Sam Houston St. 85, Nicholls St. 76

January 24, 1997

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ Jason Yarbrough scored a career-high 19 points and Thomas Mouton added 17 points and 15 rebounds Thursday as Sam Houston State beat Nicholls State 85-76.

The Bearkats (3-13, 2-4 Southland) took a 42-30 halftime lead, and Nicholls never got closer than 65-61 with five minutes to go.

Nicholls State (5-12, 2-5) was led by Kenderick Franklin with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. Taurus Howard added 11 points and Wayne Edwards 10.

For Sam Houston, David Amaya had 18 points, Boney Watson added 13 points and Josh Girtz 10. Eleven of Mouton’s 17 points were from the free-throw line, where he was 11-of-13.

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