HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana used a 22-7 second-half run to pull away in a 67-55 victory over the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi basketball team on Saturday night at the University Center. The Lions (7-8, 1-2 Southland) placed four players in double figures in the win, led by DeShawn Patterson's 14, as head coach Jim Yarbrough collected his 200th career victory.
Myron Dempsey led the way for the Islanders (2-14, 1-3) with 12 points, while Chris Hawkins-Mast scored 11, his seventh straight game in double figures. Roosevelt Johnson had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards, while Elgin Bailey (11) and Jeremy Campbell (10) hit double figures as well.
The Islanders scored the first point of the night with a Dempsey free throw, but that was their final lead of the night, as the Lions responded with a 17-3 run to make it 17-4 with 11:57 to play in the opening half. The Islanders started 1-for-11 from the field in the contest. The visitors got out of their funk, as they responded with a 9-4 run to cut down the deficit, with a Terence Jones three at the 7:54 mark making it 21-13. The Islanders cut it to 23-17 on another Jones three at 6:57, but Daron Populist knocked down back-to-back threes to pull the Lions ahead 29-17 with 5:23 left.
From there, the two teams traded baskets to make the score 32-21 in favor of the home team. But the Islanders closed the half on a 5-0 run, with Kennon Dvorak knocking down a three and Jones burying a jumper from just inside the arc to send the Islanders to the locker room down just six at 32-26. After their slow start from the field, the Islanders finished the half hitting 9-of-14 to sit at 40 percent for the stanza.
The two teams traded baskets early on in the second half, with the Islanders able to trim it to four at 35-31. But that's when the Lions went on their fateful run. They started with a 9-0 run to push the deficit back to double digits at 44-31 with 12:45 left. A Hameed Ali three broke the string, sending the Islanders on a quick-hit 5-0 run, as Jason Smith followed with a fast-break layup to make it 44-36. A Dempsey bucket inside cut the deficit to just six at the 11:10 mark.
But from there, the momentum slowed, as the Lions pushed back with a 13-0 run of their own to make it 49-38. Elgin Bailey delivered a huge blow, converting a three-point play after an airballed three, to make it a 52-38 advantage for the home team, their largest lead of the game to that point. A Quin Cooper three from the top of the key followed, and Southeastern was up 55-38 with 6:16 remaining. DeShawn Stevenson followed with a steal-and-layup to balloon the lead to a game-high 57-38 before the Islanders finally struck back
A Chris Hawkins-Mast free throw snapped a scoreless string of 5:19 for the visitors. The Islanders chipped away at the lead bit-by-bit, but Southeastern was able to hit its free throws down the stretch to emerge with the victory.
The Islanders return to the hardwood on Wednesday night, when they will take on UT-Arlington at 7 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center. For tickets, call 825-BALL or visit the tickets page at GoIslanders.com.