CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Weber State saw its season come to an end with an 82-73 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Monday night at the American Bank Center in the second round of the CIT Postseason Tournament.
The Islanders jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead less than four minutes into the game. Weer State responded with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to two points.
The Wildcats trailed 18-16 with 12:35 to play in the first half when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi went on an 11-0 run to take a 13-point lead with eight minutes to play.
Weber State closed the first half on a 14-4 run and trailed 36-35 at halftime.
The Wildcats took their first lead just three minutes into the second half at 39-38 but the Islanders came right back with an 11-1 run and led again by nine points.
WSU trailed 60-49 with 9:51 remaining when the ‘Cats went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to five. The Wildcats got to within three points at 73-70 with 3:30 to play, but the Islanders closed the game on a 9-3 run to seal the win.
The Wildcats committed a season-high 21 turnovers, which the Islanders turned into 26 points.
Weber State shot 53 percent for the game and made 14 3-pointers, compared to 49 percent shooting for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Islanders 29-28.
Weber State was led by senior Jeremy Senglin who finished with 27 points in his 124th and final career game with the Wildcats. He ends his WSU career as Weber State’s all-time leader with 2,078 career points, which is second in Big Sky history. He is also the Big Sky’s career leader in 3-pointers with 345. He set a new Big Sky Conference single-season record with 132 3-pointers this season and finishes his Wildcat career ranked in the top 10 in 12 different categories.
Playing in his 130th career game, Kyndahl Hill finished with four points and grabbed 13 rebonds, while playing all 40 minutes. He finishes his career sixth in WSU history in career rebounds and third in career blocks.
Jerrick Harding added 18 points with four 3-pointers and Ryan Richardson had 15 with four more 3-pointers.
“We just didn’t have the energy or juice tonight,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “We just weren’t very fresh against a good basketball team, but I’m just so proud of this team. I’ve had as much fun coaching this team as any I’ve had. Jeremy Senglin and Kyndahl Hill are two of the best we’ve ever had and leave such a great legacy. It’s been a fun ride and we are excited for the future.”
Weber State ends its season at 20-14.