Sam Houston State's defense thwarted Central Arkansas in the second half as the Bearkats started the final period with a 23-0 run to go up 56-26 at the 14:34 mark. The Bears did not score until Mathieu Kamba made a free throw with 11:26 left in the game.
SHSU (23-6, 14-2 Southland Conference) bounced back from its second conference loss, falling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 61-59 on Saturday. The Bearkats trail Stephen F. Austin in the conference standings. SFA and SHSU will play Saturday. SFA won the first game 79-68.