by: JACOB BENGE, Associated Press
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Bryson Etienne scored 21 points and Texas Southern beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 76-67 Tuesday night in the top four of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cowboys earned their third NCAA Tournament win in five seasons and will face top-seeded Kansas in the Midwest First Round. The top four returned to the University of Dayton Arena for the first time in three seasons.
PJ Henry hit a free kick to highlight a 7-0 run in which Texas Southern (19-12) took the lead and never gave up. He finished with 14 points and shot 10 of 13 from the free throw line.
John Walker III added 16 points. Brison Gresham grabbed 13 rebounds and scored six points.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23-12) led by as much as eight points in the first period and four in the second. The Islanders’ season ended after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday.
Trevian Tennyson led the Islanders with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting while Simeon Fryer scored 12 and Terrion Murdix added 10.
The Cowboys led 32-30 at halftime after trailing for more than 10 minutes in the first half. Both teams shot below 40% from the field in the opening period, combining 15 turnovers and seven interceptions.
Texas A&M-CC: The Islanders shot 47.4 percent from the free throw line. They entered with a 74.4% season average there.
Texas Southern: The Cowboys forced nine turnovers and had four interceptions.
Texas A&M-CC: Season ended.
Texas Southern: Travel to Fort Worth, Texas to face No. 1 Kansas on Thursday.
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