SLU Lions (6-13, 4-6 SLC) at A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (4-15, 1-9 SLC)
Feb. 22, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. CT | Corpus Christi, Texas | American Bank Center
Series History: Islanders Lead 11-7
Last Meeting: Lions 76, Islanders 63 (Jan. 13, 2021 – Hammond, La.)
Watch: Islanders Digital Network
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball team looks for a season sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Monday night at 6:30 p.m. on the road in the American Bank Center.
The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but was postponed due to inclement weather and poor traveling conditions.
The Lions (6-13, 4-6 Southland) defeated A&M-Corpus Christi (3-15, 0-9 Southland) back on Jan. 13, 76-63, highlighted by a career-high 26 points from senior Keon Clergeot. The UMass transfer also made 14 out of 15 from the free throw line to help secure the victory.
Clergeot, out of Winter Haven, Florida, leads Southeastern in scoring averaging 15.8 points per game. The Dec. 28th Southland Conference Player of the Week continues to lead the Southland Conference in free throws made as he enters Thursday’s game with 118, third in the nation.
SLU also leads the conference in free throws made as a team. The Lions have made 199 (199-for-275 for 72.4 percent) during conference action. Clergeot is also averaging 18.6 points per game during league play which leads the Southland.
“I think we’ve done a good job of driving the basketball, getting to the rim, and crashing the offensive glass” said SLU head coach David Kiefer. “And we’re hard to guard without fouling when we do all those things. But I think we need to make more of the free throws than we are, because getting there is nice but you’ve got to convert. We’ve been better overall in conference at the line but it’s still got to improve.”
Junior Gus Okafor, after back-to-back double-doubles, is scoring 14.4 points and grabbing 7.7 rebounds (3rd in the Southland) per night during Southland games. The Baltimore, Maryland native scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Sam Houston and had 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls.
The Islanders (4-15, 1-9 Southland) defeated Lamar Saturday at home, 77-68, for their first conference win of the season highlighted by 21 points and 8 rebounds from Jalen White. A&M-Corpus Christi continues to be extremely competitive at the American Bank Center as they enter Monday 4-6 at home for the season.
The Islanders battled league-leading Sam Houston (15-6, 10-1 Southland) wire-to-wire before falling, 75-70, on Jan. 27. Then, A&M-Corpus Christi had a 45-29 lead over UIW (8-9, 5-5 Southland) with 12:30 to play on Feb. 6 before the Cardinals rallied for a 58-53 win.
A&M-Corpus Christi is led by White (6-7, 245) averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Islanders lead the all-time series over Southeastern, 11-7, but the Lions have won the last four. However, SLU has not fared well on the road against the Islanders as they are 2-8 all-time in Corpus Christi.
Fans can watch Monday’s game as web links to video and stats are available on the basketball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.
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