Weber State’s hot shooting not enough, season ends at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Monday , March 20, 2017 - 9:04 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

Despite blistering hot shooting, Weber State men’s basketball’s season came to an end Monday night.

Jeremy Senglin scored 27 points in his final game in the purple and white but the Wildcats fell 82-73 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

“We just didn’t have the energy tonight,” WSU head coach Randy Rahe said. “We didn’t have the same juice, we didn’t have the same energy. They tried to have it because they want to have it, but we just didn’t have it. This is a good basketball team we played. It’s hard to win those games.”

In his final collegiate game, the senior Senglin knocked down six 3-pointers. Senglin finished his career 24 points away from tying the Big Sky Conference’s all-time scoring record, but has solidified his name among the greats in school and conference history. He leaves Weber State as the school’s all-time scorer (2,078 points) and leader in made 3-pointers (345), and earned the conference’s 3-pointer mark as well. 

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Senior forward Kyndahl Hill also played his last game for the Wildcats, totaling four points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, the latter of which moved him past Kyle Tresnak for third in career blocks at Weber State.

The Wildcats ran into a defensive juggernaut in the Islanders, who forced 21 WSU turnovers that led to 26 points while only committing seven themselves.

Senior Rashawn Thomas led Corpus Christi with a game-high 29 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals.

A hot streak from beyond the arc kept the Wildcats in the game, shooting 14 of 25 from deep to keep pace before ultimately falling.

A 3-pointer from freshman Jerrick Harding cut the Islanders’ lead to 73-70 with just more than three minutes to play, but Corpus Christi finished the game on a 9-3 run to seal the victory.

Harding (18 points) and junior Ryan Richardson (15) each made four 3-pointers in the loss.

After a slow start and several turnovers, Weber State found itself facing a 13-point deficit early in the game. The Islanders’ defense appeared too strong for the injury-hobbled Wildcats, but the tide turned down the stretch of the first half.

“They just kept fighting,” Rahe said. “I would have liked to have seen what it would have looked like had we had some fresh minds and fresh bodies, but I’m really proud of this team and how hard they’ve fought.”

Weber State took advantage of cold shooting from Corpus Christi, which resulted in a 19-7 run to trim the double-deficit lead down to 36-35 at halftime, setting the Wildcats up for the second-half battle.

Weber State finishes the 2016-17 campaign with a record of 20-14. Rahe has reached 20 or more wins in seven of his 11 seasons at the helm.

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

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