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.
NCAA makes eligibility waivers tougher to get
An NCAA council has adjusted the guidelines for granting eligibility waivers, potentially making them tougher to get.
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Mick Cronin has relocated his life, and his family, to Los Angeles. He might be the guy to (finally) restore UCLA's rich tradition.
Florida lands top graduate transfer Blackshear
Virginia Tech's Kerry Blackshear Jr., the No. 1 graduate transfer in ESPN's transfer rankings, announced Wednesday night that he has committed to Florida.
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