Heartbreaking Loss: Nicholls back at the 500 Mark after loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

College Sports
nicholls state
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team fell 75-73 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday at the American Bank Center.

The Colonels (10-10, 3-4 SLC) led by as many as nine in the second half following a 7-2 run that made it 65-56 with 7:58 to play, but the Islanders (9-10, 4-2) outscored them 19-8 the rest of the way to steal the win. A&M-Corpus Christi scored 12 points from the free-throw line during that stretch.

The first five buckets of the game were 3-pointers as graduate transfer Jeremiah Jefferson and sophomore Kevin Johnson each drained one for Nicholls and Islanders Jake Babic and Jashawn Talton combined for three to give the home side a 9-6 edge. Babic connected on another triple at the 8:58 mark, following Kareem South’s trey, which gave A&M-Corpus Christi its largest lead of the contest at 27-15.

Graduate transfer Gavin Peppers and junior Danny Garrick quickly answered with back-to-back long balls, ceasing a 2:43 scoring drought for the Colonels. Jefferson and Garrick rattled off consecutive 3-pointers later in the period to spark a 10-3 run that cut the deficit to three with 3:27 to go. Garrick nailed his final trifecta at 1:05. Garrick shot 4-for-4 from long range in the first half. Ten of Nicholls’ 13 first-half field goals were 3-pointers.

Although the Islanders tallied nine of the first 11 points to open the second half, the Colonels responded with a 17-2 run, limiting the opposition to one layup in a 5:46 stretch to grab a 56-49 lead. Nicholls would increase its lead to nine before A&M-Corpus Christi’s late scoring barrage sealed the victory.

Peppers fronted the Colonels offensively with 16 points, followed by Garrick’s 15. Nicholls knocked down 56 percent of its 3-pointers, the best conversion rate in a Southland Conference game since an 8-for-14 performance against McNeese on Feb. 27, 2016.

The Islanders received a game-high 18 points from Babic and Talton. Talton chipped in 10 boards for the double-double.

The Colonels put their 6-0 home record on the line Wednesday against Lamar. Tipoff at Stopher Gym is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of Nicholls State Sports Information Department.


Latest News

More News