NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Kaheem Ransom scored 17 points to lift Sam Houston State over McNeese State 86-81 on Thursday.
Ransom made just 2 of 8 from the floor, but hit 12 of 14 free throws to pace the Bearkats (10-5, 2-1 Southland).
Sam Houston sprinted to a 17-point halftime lead at 48-31 and stretched it to as much as 22 in the second half. But McNeese chipped away until finally getting within one point at 82-81 with 3 seconds left on a Johnson 3-pointer. But Baxter hit a pair of free throws and a layup for Sam Houston to ice the win.