NCAA Basketball

Nutall scores 18, Sam Houston St holds off Central Arkansas

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) Zach Nutall had 18 points and six rebounds and Sam Houston State defeated Central Arkansas 78-69 on Wednesday night.

Albert Almanza and Xavier Bryant scored 12 points each for the Bearkats (7-8, 2-0 Southland). Kai Mitchell added 11 points, and Cameron Delaney and Josh Delaney scored 10 each.

Thatch Unruh, who averages 10.5 points per game, led the Bears (6-10, 1-2) with 27 points, his season high. DeAndre Jones scored 12 points.

Central Arkansas went on a 17-4 run late in the game to cut what had been a 20-point deficit down to seven, 74-67 with 36 seconds remaining. After Cameron Delaney missed a pair of free throws, Jones added two free throws to draw within 74-69 at 15 seconds. Josh Delaney then made two free throws, Unruh missed a 3-pointer and Josh Delaney made two more for the final score.

Updated January 10, 2019

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