Bruised and battered, Weber State faces tough challenge in Corpus Christi

Sunday , March 19, 2017 - 5:00 AM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

Weber State mens basketball’s game Monday night against Texas A&M Corpus Christi is going to be a significant challenge the Wildcats in and of itself, but a slew of injuries will make it even more so.

In their first round win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament over Cal State Fullerton, senior guard Jeremy Senglin was playing through bronchitis, senior forward Kyndahl Hill hyperextended his knee, sophomore center Zach Braxton pulled his groin, and freshman guard Jerrick Harding aggravated a hip pointer injury.

All four players are in the starting lineup for the Wildcats.

According to WSU head coach Randy Rahe, Senglin is feeling better and could be fully recovered by game time.

While Rahe wasn’t optimistic about Hill being able to practice Sunday, the senior forward will be a game-time decision Monday.

Braxton and Harding are both experiencing soreness, but are expected to play.

“We’ve got some guys banged up pretty good, so we can’t do anything here too hard leading up to Monday,” Rahe said over the phone Saturday in an exclusive interview with the Standard-Examiner. “At this point of the year, everybody’s banged up. We’ll see what we look like on Monday. We’ll know more on game day how every everyone’s feeling.”

The Islanders are 14-1 on their home floor this season, with their lone loss coming against Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 7.

The team won 10 of its last 11 games in the regular season before falling in overtime in the conference championship game.

“We’re going to have to play extremely well in every single area to beat them on their court down there,” Rahe said. “We’re excited about the challenge. We’re going to have to play extremely well to give ourselves an opportunity.”

While TAMCC’s Rashawn Thomas is the primary offensive player for the Islanders, he’s also surrounded by a team Rahe says is similar to Cal State Fullerton, but is more talented.

Last Saturday against the Titans, Rahe’s team tried a triangle-and-two defense for the first time this season, and says he has more up his sleeve for Monday.

“Like always, when you’re on the road you can’t give up easy baskets in transition,” he said. “The problem with (Thomas) is if you give him the attention, then the guards take over. We’re going to throw a couple of wrinkles at them and see what we can do defensively and make it as tough as we can on them.”

Monday’s game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. MDT and will be streamed live on the tournament’s Facebook page and broadcast on 1430 KLO.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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