Nov. 16, 2004
Columbia, Missouri - Senior Wilder Auguste scored 25 points to lead Sam Houston State to a 92-79 victory over Brown in the second round of the Guardians Classic at the University of Missouri. The loss drops the Bears to 0-2 overall, while Sam Houston evened its record at 1-1.
Brown trailed 42-38 at the half after falling behind by as many as seven points in the half, 30-23. Junior Luke Ruscoe single-handedly kept the Bears in the game by tying his career scoring high with 17 first-half points. The Bears were also helped by Mark McAndrew, a freshman from Barrington, who scored six first half points on two three-point baskets.
Sam Houston used its height advantage in the second half to take control of the game, connecting on 18 of 31 shots from the field. The Bearkats outscored the Bears 13-6 to open the second half, taking a 55-44 lead with 16:25 remaining on eight points by 6-11 center Eddy Fobbs, a layup by senior Joe Thompson and a three-point play by sophomore Kelvin Williams.
The 6-6 Auguste netted 13 of his game high 25 points in the second half, scoring in the paint or at the free throw line. Thompson added 15 points and junior Chris Jordan tossed in 12 points for the Bearkats.
Brown's Luke Ruscoe shared game high scoring honors with a career high 25 points, while pulling down five rebounds. Freshman point guard Damon Huffman added eight points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Bears.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday against Rhode Island at the Ryan Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.