CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Rashawn Thomas scored 29 points and six of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s last 11 points and the Islanders withstood Lamar 70-63 on Saturday for their seventh straight win.
Thomas’ layup, and jumper with 1:52 to play, gave Texas A&M-Corpus Christi a 63-59 lead and blunted Lamar’s comeback attempt. Joseph Kilgore added a pair of free throws to make the lead six. Thomas added a pair of free throws with eight seconds to go.
Kareem South’s jumper 17 seconds into the second half gave the Islanders a 35-22 lead before Lamar began the climb back. Torey Noel hit a 3 with 11:55 to go to shave Lamar’s deficit to 48-43.
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Colin Hale made 1 of 2 free throws and the Islanders maintained a five-point lead before a 7-1 run put the Cardinals up 51-50 with 8:15 to go.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (16-9, 9-5 Southland) got 12 points from Kilgore and 10 points from South.
Colton Weisbrod led Lamar (15-12, 7-7) with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Noel had 12 points.