UIWs Shawn Johnson splits the defense on a drive against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. (Soobum Im / The University of the Incarnate Word)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rallied in the final eight minutes Saturday afternoon to claim a 56-51 victory over the slumping University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals.
Trailing by three with 8:32 remaining at UIW’s Convocation Center, the Islanders surged behind Joe Kilgore and Deion Rhea down the stretch to win their fourth straight.
Kilgore and Kareem South each scored 11 points apiece for A&M-Corpus Christi (8-12, 5-5 Southland Conference).
UIW (5-15, 0-10) has lost 12 straight, its longest losing streak since it moved up to NCAA Division I and joined the SLC in 2013.
Shawn Johnson and Charles Brown III each produced 14 points for the Cardinals.
Johnson also had nine rebounds and two blocks, two assists and one steal while playing all 40 minutes.
Center Konstantin Kulikov had four blocks and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
With eight games to play in the regular season, UIW hosts Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.
UIW forward Charles Brown III takes it strong to the basket against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. (Soobum Im / The University of the Incarnate Word)
Guard Kevon Harris scored 19 points as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks handed the University of the Incarnate Word its seventh straight loss, 83-63, Saturday night in Nacogdoches.
The losing streak is the longest for UIW since it joined the Southland Conference in 2013 and started its move up to NCAA Division I.
Last-place UIW (5-10, 0-5 SLC) outscored SFA 8-0 in the opening minutes before the home team started to click.
By halftime, the Lumberjacks (15-3, 4-1) built an 11-point lead at 42-31. But the Cardinals never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
Guard Shawn Johnson led UIW with 11 points and eight rebounds. Forward Charles Brown III and guard Cody Graham added 10 points each.
The Cardinals host slumping Lamar on Wednesday night in an effort to get into the win column in SLC play.
Lamar (10-8, 2-3) has lost three straight.