A&M-CC (10-13, 7-3 Southland Conference) held the Cardinals to just 11 points in the first half, setting a school record for lowest points allowed in a game at 35.
Lamar (3-19, 2-8) was just 4 of 28 from the field in the first half, making only 30 percent for the game. The Islanders made 23 of 45 field goal attempts. The Islanders also pulled down 42 rebounds, compared to 20 for Lamar.
The Cardinals made a run early in the second half to close the gap to 28-25 with 15:45 remaining. Kocher answered with a 3-point shot, Johnathan Jordan added a layup, Brandon Pye made two jump shots and Kocher added a jump shot and a layup to stretch the lead to 41-27 with 10:57 remaining.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|