HAMMOND, LA (ISLANDERS ATHLETICS) - Just a week removed from posting a career-high of 23 against Houston Baptist, starting guard Kareem South drops 22 on second-ranked Southeastern Louisiana to extend Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Southland Conference win streak to three straight. Beating the Lions by a count of 67-54, the Islanders are currently on their longest streak of the season, and stand as one of the hottest teams in the SLC to date.
After surrendering a 7-6 lead to hosts SELU in the opening stages, the Islanders responded with a 12-2 run in the succeeding six minutes and secure the second of eight lead changes to occur in the first half. Led by a trio of three-pointers from Kareem South the Blue and Green would trade blows with the Lions for the entirety of the first 20 minutes, while holding the home team to just 28.6% shooting from the field.
Despite turning the ball over nine times in the opening half, the Islanders' offense earned its money from three-point range with guards Joe Kilgore and Myles Smith adding a trey apiece. On the defensive side of the ball, Corpus Christi harassed the SELU shooters from start to finish, holding a Lions' side that has averaged over 66 points per game to just 24 in the first 20 minutes.
With a 26-24 lead in hand, South would continue his hot shooting into the second stanza, burying three of his five attempts while going a perfect four-for-four at the charity stripe. Starting forward Sean Rhea would get in on the action in the second period of play as well, as the 6'7" freshman added 11 points and a pair of rejections.
The Islanders would stay out in front for all but one possession in the latter half, forcing the Lions to send Corpus Christi to the line five times in the final minute of play. Head Coach Wilson's side would be up to task however, as his team would hit all 10 of their attempts at the stripe and ice the Blue and Green's third straight victory 67-54.
Kareem South has scored 45 points in his last two games combined. Only Joseph Kilgore has scored more in a two game stretch this season, after the senior dropped 23 apiece against Central Arkansas and Lamar earlier in the year
South is averaging over 15 points per game in his past five outings, after registering 6.56 points per game in his nine prior contests
With 11 on the night Sean Rhea recorded his 10th double-digit performance of the 2017-18 campaign
Five Islanders tallied five-plus boards on the night, to outrebound SELU 39-28
The Blue and Green went a perfect 14-for-14 from the foul line on Wednesday, the first time the team has shot 100% from the stripe since hitting six of six against Texas A&M in December of 2016
COMING UP NEXT
The Blue and Green prepare to faceoff with Incarnate Word this coming Saturday inside American Bank Center. Corpus Christi will be looking for its fourth straight win of the SLC season against the Cardinals, after sweeping UIW the previous year.
The Islanders annual Homecoming game is scheduled for the following Saturday, February 10th, where there will be plenty of festivities for family, alumni, and students to enjoy. The women's game vs. New Orleans is at 2 PM in the American Bank Center followed by a block party and tailgate to be held outside the facility. The tailgate will feature food trucks, music, inflatables, and games, leading up to the men's game vs. New Orleans at 7 PM. A few lucky students will have the opportunity to putt a golf ball across the court in the second game of our doubleheader, for a chance to win $10,000 courtesy of Same's Ford of Corpus Christi! Make sure to take part in all of the Homecoming festivities!
Both of the Islanders' approaching contests, along with all Corpus Christi home games, will be broadcast live via the Islanders Digital Network, powered by AEP Texas.
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