Grand Canyon beats Sam Houston in WAC semifinal

Mar 11, 2023, 12:02 AM
The Grand Canyon Antelopes bench celebrates a basket in the final seconds of the game against the S...
The Grand Canyon Antelopes bench celebrates a basket in the final seconds of the game against the Sam Houston Bearkats at the Orleans Arena on March 10, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Antelopes defeated the Bearkats 78-75. (Photo by Louis Grasse/Getty Images)
(Photo by Louis Grasse/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Noah Baumann drilled a 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to lift Grand Canyon past top-seeded Sam Houston 78-75 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Friday night.

Grand Canyon, the tournament’s No. 5 seed, will play in Saturday’s championship game against the winner of the semifinal between No. 2 Utah Valley and No. 3 Southern Utah.

Kobe Knox shot 6 for 6 from beyond the arc and 3 of 3 from the free throw line to score 21 points to lead the Antelopes (20-11). Baumann shot 5 for 8 (4 for 7 from 3-point range) and 3 of 5 from the free throw line to add 17 points. Chance McMillian shot 6 for 12, including 5 for 9 from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points.

Qua Grant finished with 24 points and eight assists for the Bearkats (24-6). Kaosi Ezeagu added 11 points for Sam Houston. Donte Powers also recorded 11 points. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Bearkats.

Baumann scored a team-high 10 points for Grand Canyon in the second half, including his game-winning shot in the final minute.

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