UIW beats A&M-Corpus Christi, snaps 17-game losing streak

The beleaguered Incarnate Word men’s basketball program snapped a 17-game losing streak Saturday afternoon, beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 69-62, on the road in the Southland Conference.

Charles Brown III, Shawn Johnson and Augustine Ene scored in double figures for the Cardinals’ first victory since Dec. 16 when they beat Missouri-Kansas City at home.

“It was a great team win with a lot of people contributing,” UIW coach Ken Burmeister said. “It was nice to hang in there when the game got tight.”

Brown produced 18 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals, who improved to 6-20 and 1-15 in the SLC.

In addition, UIW’s Shawn Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Augustine Ene had 12 points and four assists.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi allowed UIW to hit 11 3-point shots in falling to 9-17 on the season and 6-10 in conference.

Joseph Kilgore (23 points) and Sean Rhea (18) led the Islanders, who shot 39 percent from the floor and 25 percent from three (5 of 20).

Coming up

UIW hosts two games next week, taking on Houston Baptist Wednesday night and then closing the season against Abilene Christian on Saturday afternoon.