2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Weber State (20-13) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (21-11)
Monday, March 20, 2017 • 7 p.m. CT (6 p.m. MT)
Corpus Christi, TX • American Bank Center
Online video: Facebook Live (@WeberStateMBB)
Radio: KLO 1430 AM (Steve Klauke)
Live stats: WeberStateStats.com
Series: first meeting
• Weber State continues action in the CIT as the Wildcats take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Monday night in the second round.
• WSU is 20-13 on the season and opened play in the CIT with an 80-76 win at Cal State Fullerton Wednesday.
• Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 21-11 on the season and finished in a tie for second in the Southland Conference. The Islanders opened the CIT with a win over Georgia State last week.
• This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Monday’s game will begin at 7 p.m. CT (6 p.m. MDT) from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
All games in the CIT will be streamed online through Facebook Live. It will be seen on the Cal State Fullerton’s Athletics Facebook page and will also be shared on the Weber State’s Athletics and the Weber State Men’s Basketball Facebook pages.
It will also be broadcast on 1430 KLO radio and kloradio.com with Steve Klauke on the call. Live stats available at WeberStateSports.com.
WILDCATS BEAT CAL STATE FULLERTON IN CIT OPENER
Weber State had four players in double figures as the Wildcats beat Cal State Fullerton 80-76 in the first round of the CIT Wednesday night in Fullerton. WSU held off a Titan rally and shot 17-of-19 from the free throw line in the final six minutes to seal the win. Weber State shot 92 percent from the free throw line.
WEBER STATE’S CIT HISTORY
For the ninth time in 11 seasons under head coach Randy Rahe, Weber State is competing in a postseason tournament. This will be WSU’s third trip to the CIT after playing in 2012 and 2013. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the CIT in 2012 with a home win against Utah Valley, before losing at Loyola Marymount.
In 2013, Weber State advanced to the championship game. The Wildcats opened with home wins over Cal Poly, Air Force and Oral Roberts, then won at Northern Iowa before losing to East Carolina at home on a buzzer beater in the championship game.
SENGLIN, BRAXTON LEAD WILDCATS IN SCORING
Weber State was led by senior Jeremy Senglin and sophomore Zach Braxton who each scored 21 points in the win. Senglin made three 3-pointers and added five rebounds, four assists and three steals, while shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Senglin is fourth in the Big Sky in scoring at 21.0 per game and has scored 20 or more points 24 times in 33 games this season. He has made 126 3-pointers this season, which is the most of any player in the nation. He needs three more 3-pointers to set a Big Sky single-season record. He also ranks second in the country in 3-pointers per game at 3.8.
Senglin is Weber State’s career leader in scoring and is the Big Sky’s career leader in 3-pointers with 339. He also became WSU’s all-time leader in games started with 122. He ranks in Weber State’s top 10 list in 12 different categories. His 692 points this season ranks as the third most in a season in Weber State history.
Zach Braxton also finished with 21 points, just one off his career-high. He was 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line to go along with eight rebounds. Braxton has scored in double figures 14 times and has reached 20 or more twice.
KYNDAHL HILL NAMED MVP OF RILEY WALLACE CLASSIC
Wednesday’s game was also the Riley Wallace Classic and Wildcat senior Kyndahl Hill was named MVP of the Classic as he finished with 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. He was 4-of-9 from the field, a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line, and had two blocked shots.
Hill is averaging 10.3 points per game and is fourth in the Big Sky in rebounding at 7.8 per game.
Free throw shooting
Weber State was 25-of-27 from the free throw line in Wednesday’s win for 92.6 percent. That percentage ranks as the fourth best percentage in Weber State history.
On the season, WSU is third in the Big Sky in free throw percentage at 74.2 percent.
Jeremy Senglin and Kyndahl Hill are shooting exactly the same from the free throw line this season. Both Senglin and Hill are 116-152 from the field for 76.3 percent.
Weber State has reached 20 or more wins for the seventh time in 11 seasons under Randy Rahe and the 28th time in 55 seasons of Division I basketball...The Wildcats rank third in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.2 percent...WSU is also 17th nationally in overall field goal percentage at 48.5 percent.
The CIT is not a bracketed tournament and future opponents, dates and sites will not be announced until the conclusion of round two. The quarterfinal games are scheduled for March 24-26.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
The Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are 21-11 on the season heading into Monday’s game with the Wildcats. The Islanders finished in a tie for second in the Southland Conference at 12-6. Like Weber State, they lost in the championship game of the conference tournament in overtime as they fell to New Orleans. They beat Georgia State 80-64 at home in the first round of the CIT Wednesday.
The Islanders are 14-1 at home this season.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is competing in the CIT for the fourth straight season. The Islanders advanced to the second round in 2014 and 2015 and lost in the first round in 2016.
This season the Islanders rank eighth in the nation in steals at 9.0 per game and are 11th in total steals and 18th in turnovers forced at 16 per game.
Individually, the Islanders are led by senior Rashawn Thomas who is averaging 21.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He is 11th in the country in scoring and ranks third in the nation in free throw attempts this season. Junior guard Ehab Amin is second in the country in steals at 3.3 per game.
HEAD COACH WILLIS WILSON
The Islanders are coached by Willis Wilson who is in his sixth season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He has guided the school to the CIT in each of the last four seasons. Wilson is 96-96 in six years with the Islanders and is 63-43 in Southland Conference games. He previously was the head coach at Rice for 16 seasons. In 22 years as a head coach he has over 300 career wins.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. Weber State is 2-3 all-time against teams currently in the Southland Conference.