Dallas Colleges: Sam Houston State Bearkats

Manziel helping Aggies forget the past

November, 17, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Going into the final week of the regular season, Texas A&M is in the top 10, near the top of its division and going for its 10th win, which would be a first since 1998.

Spirits are high in Aggieland with the team's record-setting quarterback taking his league by storm and respect being paid across the country for the resurgence of Texas A&M football.

This is what many Aggies thought it would be like a year ago.

Going into the 2011 season, Texas A&M was ranked in the top 10 and a BCS bowl-caliber team. Then after a slew of second-half collapses, the season's high hopes were deflated, as was the team.

Coming into this season with a new coach (Kevin Sumlin), a new league (the Southeastern Conference), new uniforms and a new feeling, the Aggies swore it was different. A season-opening loss to Florida that involved Texas A&M relinquishing a second-half lead made some wonder whether it was just talk and if these were the same Aggies.

Now 11 games into the season and coming off its ninth win, a 47-28 victory over the FCS's third-ranked team, Sam Houston State, and one thing is clear: this team is different.

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Rick Barnes collects 500th win

November, 23, 2010

Texas basketball head coach Rick Barnes nabbed his 500th win as the Longhorns crushed the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 84-50, on Tuesday.

Click here to watch the replay on ESPN 3.

Back to business, Baylor sets times

June, 16, 2010
Baylor finalized kickoff times for its first two games of the 2010 football season. Home games against Sam Houston State (Sept. 4) and Buffalo (Sept. 11) will both kick at 6 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Buffalo game will be televised on Fox College Sports (FCS).

Times are now set for all four non-conference games, including road games at TCU (3:30 p.m., Sept. 18) and at Rice (7 p.m., Sept. 25).

For Baylor's complete 2010 football schedule, click here.

No tricks coming from ODU defense

March, 19, 2010

NEW ORLEANS -- Sam Houston State coach Bob Marlin has received plenty of praise since nearly pulling off a major upset in the first round thanks to employing a triangle-and-two defense to minimize Baylor's guards.

It worked so well that it got Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor to thinking in preparation for the 11th-seeded Monarchs second-round game Saturday against the No. 3 Bears.

"Well, we've been working on the box-in-five. We think if we can get away with it, we think it will be very strategic," Turner said, while giving a good laugh. "That was for Bob. That was a good ploy, a good plan. If they made a few more shots, they might have pulled it off. But the surprise factor is probably gone. It's not a tactic that we've used at all, and I don't consider us to be a weak defensive team.

"A lot of times you gimmick when you are masking the inability to match up at certain spots. And I think it was a really good tactic on his part. But, that hasn't been our modus operandi. Ours has been to come pretty straight at you with maybe different looks, but not with the gimmick stuff."

Old Dominion plays mostly man-to-man defense while mixing in some zone. Their statistics are stingy, not unlike the Bears, allowing opponents to shoot just 39.9 percent from the floor and 29.7 percent from behind the 3-point arc. They allow 56.9 points a game.

The difference in the two squads is scoring. While Baylor has three scorers who average in double figures, the Monarchs have one. And that will be a key matchup featuring ODU's 6-foot-10 senior forward Gerald Lee, who averages about 14 points a game, and Baylor's 6-10 junior forward Ekpe Udoh, who averaged right at 14 in the regular season, but has averaged 21.0 points in two Big 12 tournament games and Thursday's first-round game.

Bears channel their inner-Kobe?

March, 19, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- When Sam Houston State's Ashton Mitchell drove the lane and dropped in a layup to tie Baylor at 55-55 with 3:48 remaining in their first-round NCAA tournament game, the No. 14 Bearkats could smell an upset of the No. 3 Bears.

But, Baylor Bears had been here before, playing tightly contested games all season. Remember, through 33 games entering the contest with Sam Houston, the Bears hadn't lost by more than seven points and they had seven wins by five points or less, so they understand the pressures of crunch time.

Baylor forward Ekpe Udoh said the team has a name for it.

"We call it Kobe time," Udoh said. "So we just buckled down, stayed aggressive and pulled out the win."

The Bears channeled the Lakers superstar after Mitchell tied it up, going on an 8-0 run over the next 2:44 for a 63-55 lead with 1:04 to go.

Udoh, A.J. Walton and Quincy Acy all came up with key steals. The run finally sprang LaceDarius Dunn, who scored six of his 13 points in the stretch. Sam Houston's surprising triangle-and-two defense caused Dunn and Tweety Carter problems throughout the game.

The Bears just might need to turn to "Kobe time" in Saturday's second-round game with a trip to the Sweet 16 in Houston on the line. No. 11 Old Dominion Monarchs pulled out a 51-50 win over No. 6 Notre Dame on Thursday.

Saturday's tip time is 4:50 p.m.

Strange first half for Bears in NOLA

March, 18, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Sam Houston State is shooting 28.1 percent and Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter have combined for three points and three fouls. The game is tied up at 23-23 with 3:14 to go.

If you're the Bearkats you have to like that you've held serve while missing 12 of 13 from 3-point land. If you're Baylor you have to be pleased that you're tied with Carter and Dunn, who combine to average about 37 points a game, haven't done much.

Wtih 3:14 left in the first half, definitely a more critical time for upset-minded Bearkats.
NEW ORLEANS -- Who knew it would take longer for the Baylor Bears to win an NCAA tournament game than for the school to end its ban on dancing?

They've been boot-scooting at Baylor since 1996, but they're still waiting on that elusive first Big Dance victory party. You know it's been a long time when the era of your last postseason accolades falls under the Wikipedia heading of: "Post-World War II Success."

"I don't know exactly when," said senior point guard Tweety Carter, who is 0-1 in NCAA tournament games, "but I know it's been a long time."

Last season's Bears captured the program's first postseason win at the NIT in 60 years. Now, the time is near for an NCAA victory. Baylor couldn't do it in 1988 or 2008, but 2010 seems just about right. Only the scrappy, up-tempo, 3-point-shooting No. 14 Sam Houston State Bearkats stand between the Bears and all of Waco celebrating like it's 1950 (with dancing fully encouraged, of course.)

Tip is scheduled for approximately 1:35 p.m., following No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 11 Old Dominion.

"Any time you get an opportunity to make history, you want to do that, and you want to do it by winning games," Carter said, knowing full well the Baylor program has plowed through enough infamy. "So we've got to continue to just strive for that.

"A first win for Baylor would be huge for this program. We didn't come up here just to win one game. We've come up here to win games. And that's what we've worked to do all season long. So we're going to continue to do that."

The Bears know that two wins in New Orleans sends them to Houston for the Sweet 16. The South Region is not loaded with powerhouses, in fact, some critics have conspired that the selection committee designed it for a Duke run to the Final Four. The Blue Devils and Bears, if both advance, would meet in an Elite 8 showdown at Reliant Stadium.

But, that type of speculation is for another day. Today is for taking that first, overdue step, a single victory 60 years in the making.

"What it would mean to win in the NCAA tournament?" seventh-year Baylor coach Scott Drew asked. "Any time anybody -- no matter how many games you have or haven't won in the NCAA tournament -- any time you win those are great memories and something that a school remembers and cherishes."

Hometown point guards go head-to-head

March, 17, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Baylor's Tweety Carter from Reserve, La., and LaceDarius Dunn from Monroe, La., aren't the only ones having something of a homecoming in the Crescent City.

So is Sam Houston State point guard Ashton Mitchell, who grew up in New Orleans and could barely contain his excitement when the Bearkats popped up in New Orleans.

"I really didn't think I would ever get this opportunity again to play in front of my hometown after Katrina and everything," said the senior, who averages 12.7 points and 5.1 assists. "To see our name pop up in the southand New Orleans region, I was very excited about it."

Carter and Mitchell played against each other a time or two in AAU basketball and now they'll go head-to-head at 1:45 p.m. Thursday in a do-or-die, first-round NCAA tournament game.

"I know he's going to come to play," Carter said. "He's back home, so it's going to be a fun experience tomorrow."

Carter and Dunn both have large contingencies of family and friends coming to the game.

"I probably got about 50 trying to get in the game tomorrow," Dunn said. "I think that's enough."

Baylor's Lomers doesn't deny who he is

March, 17, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Name the Baylor player who ranks as the career leader in victories (77) and field-goal percentage (66.3), is second in games played and is having the best season of his career. Tweety Carter? LaceDarius Dunn?

Try Josh Lomers.

The 7-foot, 280-pound senior has seen the Baylor program rise first-hand and has been a part of it every step of the way. The No. 3 Bears' first-round NCAA tournament game Thursday morning against No. 14 Sam Houston State will be Lomers' 33rd consecutive start this season and the 73rd of his career. It will be his 126th career game, two shy of Carter, the current career leader.

Hulking, lumbering and just a little bit goofy, Lomers might not possess the name recognition of some of his teammates, but there's no way you can miss him.

"I don’t really deny that big, white guy stereotype. I just try to work with it in my game and excel at being a big white guy --get rebounds, set screens and do my job," Lomers said. 'I’m not worried about how people see me. If they see me as a big white guy, that’s OK, I’m all right with that."

Lomers is averaging career highs in points (6.6), rebounds (3.6) and minutes (17.3) His 50 offensive rebounds rank third on the team. His seven double-figure scoring games is one shy of his total in the three previous seasons. His mammoth frame provides Baylor a defensive anchor in the middle in the 2-3 zone. And lately he's been a blocking machine with nine over the last four games, while 15 of his 34 blocks on the season have come in the last 10 games.

Donning thick sideburns, a scruffy beard and mostly looking like he just woke up, Lomers also has a dry, keen sense of humor. Asked who the least-known Baylor starter is, Lomers looked up as if to twirl the question around in his mind before saying, "Hmm, I don’t know, probably either me or Ant [Anthony Jones].

Then he continued: "Probably me. I don’t know because obviously the Big Three (Carter, Dunn and Ekpe Udoh) are the Big Three and everybody knows about them, so me and Ant, we do our jobs, we play our roles and I think we do good things. Nothing down about us, but we’re just not as big as personalities as those guys."

A three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection (2008, 2009, 2010), Lomers is double-majoring in human resource management and finance. He's on pace to graduate in May, but hopes he won't be taking a desk job any time soon. After all, somewhere in this great, big basketball world, someone could use a team-oriented 7-foot center who knows who he is and isn't afraid to say it.

"I hope to get a job plyaing basketball somewhere," Lomers said. "If I can get paid for doing something I love I guess I’ll never have to work a day in my life. But after that, hopefully go into management somewhere and run with it."

Fashionable Bears won't overlook Bearkats

March, 16, 2010

Seems everyone's picking the No. 3 Baylor Bears to get out of New Orleans and into the Sweet 16 in Houston. How sweet that would be.

That Bears (25-7) have not won an NCAA tournament game since 1950, when only eight teams made the NCAA tournament. Now some even think Baylor's headed to the Elite 8. A fashionable pick indeed, but the Bears have good reason to believe they can survive and advance. They have three key ingredients, a sharp backcourt, a post game and interior defense.

No. 15 Sam Houston State (25-7) is Baylor's first-round opponent.

“I know it is a compliment when people speak highly of you. At the same time, I think our team understands the importance of each and every game and understands we cannot get caught up in what people say," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "If we did, we would not have been able to get to this point and if we take the positive things they are saying now, we will not last at this point very long."

Drew is relying on his club's upperclassmen to handle the pressure and keep everyone level-leaded. That starts with intelligent senior point guard Tweety Carter, junior shooting guard LaceDarius Dunn, junior forward Ekpe Udoh, who is playing in his first NCAA tournament, and often overlooked senior center Josh Lomers, who fills a role about as well as anyone in the country.

"This time of the year it is about the small things because everybody is good," said Udoh, who averaged 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two Big 12 tournament games. "I think this week we really have to focus and exaggerate on the small things before Sam Houston State and just come ready and prepared, and not let a possession go where you did not try your hardest."