McNeese came as close as five points early in the second half and James Harvey cut the SHSU lead to 65-56 with a pair of free throws, but Mitchell hit a jump shot with 6:13 remaining and the Bearkats led by double digits the rest of the way.
Sam Houston State (15-8, 10-0) hasn't lost since December 22 and holds a two-game lead on the rest of the field in the Southland Conference. SHSU is off to its best conference start since the 2009-10 season.
Josh Delaney led with eight assists as the Bearkats had 22 on 28 baskets. The Bearkats had 10 steals and forced 18 turnovers that led to 14 points.
Flavors scores 21. California Baptist tops Bethesda 96-62
Ferron Flavors, Jr. scored 21 points on five 3-pointers, five players reached double digits and California Baptist ran away from Bethesda 96-62 Friday night.
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Wofford jets away to fast start, topples Furman 66-52
Chevez Goodwin scored 18 points and Nathan Hoover 17 as Wofford led from wire-to-wire and knocked off Southern Conference leader Furman, 66-52 Friday night.
|Stephen F. Austin||6-1||-||15-3|
|Sam Houston State||6-2||0.5||13-6|