Cowboys fall 67-54 to finish fourth at SLC Tip-Off Tourney
KATY, Texas - Zach Scott paced McNeese with 15 points while Brendan Medley-Bacon and Myles Lewis each scored 10, but Texas A&M-Corpus Christi held the Cowboys to just three baskets in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 67-54 win to capture third place at the inaugural Southland Tip-Off Tournament.
McNeese (5-11) led 41-40 with 12:27 to play in the second half but four consecutive turnovers led to four straight scores by the Islanders (13-4) and an 8-0 run to give them a 48-41 lead and one they would not relinquish.
The Cowboys managed to cut the gap to 52-45 following a couple of Kellon Taylor free throws at the 7:35 mark but Corpus got a three-point basket plus a free throw from Myles Smith to make it a 56-45 lead. Smith was one of five Islander players to score in double-figures, finishing with 13 points. De’Lazasrus Keys led Corpus with 16, Terrion Murdix and Trevian Tennyson with 12 each, and Isaac Mushila with 10.
McNeese held a 32-27 advantage in rebounding with Medley-Bacon lead the way with nine grabs while Lewis added eight.
The Cowboys scored the first seven points of the game and led 16-6 following Scott’s second of three treys of the game seven minutes into the contest.
Corpus Christi followed with a 10-0 run before Taylor sank a 3 to keep the Cowboys on top 19-16. The Islanders took their first lead of the game following a Keys layup with 1:51 to play in the half to make it a 29-28 game as the Islanders closed out the final 2:50 on a 10-2 run.
The Cowboys and Islanders will play as conference foes on Jan. 20 in Corpus Christi and again on Feb. 24 in Lake Charles.
McNeese shot 40 percent from the field (17-43), 29 percent from 3FG range (5-17), and 83 percent at the free-throw line (15-18).
AMCC connected on 46 percent overall (25-55), 39 percent from long range (5-13), and 86 percent at the line (12-14).
McNeese was outscored in the paint by a 28-24 margin and Corpus held a 20-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Cowboys return home on Wednesday when they host Champion Christian at 4 p.m. in the McNeese Ralph Ward Recreation Complex. McNeese students only will be admitted to the game.
LEGACY CENTER REOPENING:
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will return to play in the Legacy Center on Saturday, Jan. 15 when they host HBU to open up Southland Conference play.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon following by the Cowgirls playing at 1 and the Cowboys at 4.
Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Laura and Delta, the Legacy Center has not hosted a game since March 4, 2020 when the Cowgirls played Nicholls. The last Cowboys game in the Legacy Center occurred on Feb. 26, 2020 when they defeated Southeastern.
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