CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Ghiavonni Robinson showed what he’s capable of bringing to Arkansas-Pine Bluff as a freshman, but the Golden Lions could have used more production from other players Friday.
The two-guard finished with a season-high 16 points, hitting 4 of 6 three-point attempts in the process, but cold shooting from the field would haunt UAPB as Sam Houston State waltzed to a 75-49 victory in bracket-round play of the Corpus Christi Challenge at American Bank Center.
UAPB (2-5), loser of five straight, now will play Hampton (2-5) at noon Saturday to close out its Challenge run. Hampton lost to Liberty 70-53 earlier Friday.
Robinson, the former Leflore County (Miss.) High School standout, made his only two-point attempt and hit both his free throws in 32 minutes of action. He also had one assist and three rebounds.
Robinson’s shooting, however, wasn’t indicative of the Lions’ offense Friday. UAPB connected on 13 of 43 from the field for 30.2 percent, including 6 of 17 from three-point range, and shot 17 of 25 in free throws. Robinson was the only Lion to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor.
Davon Haynes came up just short of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, and Tevin Hammond had eight points and three assists for UAPB. Daniel Broughton was held to four points, shooting 1 for 7 from the floor.
Sam Houston (5-2), which ended a two-game losing streak, had four players in double figures and became the third straight UAPB opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field, making 21 of 41 for 51.2 percent. The Bearkats hit 9 of 14 three-pointers for 64.3 percent and made 24 of 37 foul shots for 64.9 percent.
Jabari Peters led the Bearkats with 16 points. He was followed by James Thomas with 11 and Kaheem Ransom and Nathaniel Mason with 10 each.
It was a close contest for much of the first as the score was tied four times and the lead changed once. But a late run padded Sam Houston’s lead to 33-25 at halftime.
Sam Houston outrebounded UAPB 33-28 and outscored the Lions in the paint, 20-6. The Bearkats also scored 22 points off 20 turnovers, compared to the Lions’ 11 points off 17 miscues, and the Bearkats’ bench outscored the Lions’ 32-12.