FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. He scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Bearkats’ 75-61 road win over Rice on Sunday. Sam Houston State (9-4, 2-0 SLC) returns to conference play at McNeese at 7:30 p.m. Friday before hosting Nicholls at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The 2018-19 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year enjoyed a hot start to the second half as well, scoring nine points in the first three minutes to give Sam Houston State a double-digit lead for good. This marks the second Player of the Week honor for Mitchell this season. Week Nine Southland Conference Release (PDF) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Forward – Haverstraw, N.Y.Mitchell turned in his second double-double of the season with 27 points and 13 boards in just 23 minutes on the floor in the Bearkats’ non-conference finale. He scored or assisted on the team’s first 12 points of the game and reached double-digit points with 8:46 left in the opening half. Honorable Mention: Troy Green, New Orleans.