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Former Lobo Smith headed to A&M-CC Hall of Fame

By Jack Stallard
Feb. 16, 2017 at 10:44 p.m.

Former Lobo and Texas A&M Corpus Christi standout Cedric Smith will be inducted into the Islanders' Hall of Fame tonight.

A former Longview Lobo will be honored, along with his teammates, with induction into the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 tonight.

Cedric Smith, a district MVP, all-region and all-state pick for the Lobos during his senior season, was part of the 2006-2007 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team that put together the best season in school history. That team, along with Dr. Nolan Estes (men's basketball and football, 1948-50) will be honored at 6 p.m. tonight at the school's University Center Anchor Ballroom.

Smith averaged 18.5 points and seven rebounds as a senior at Longview High School, and then played two seasons at Tyler Junior College before transferring to A&M Corpus Christi.

At Tyler, he averaged 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks over the course of two seasons, earning honorable mention All American honors as well as first team all-conference and all-region accolades.

He played 27 games for the Islanders as a junior on the 2005-06 team, averaging 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, and averaged 9.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game on the 2006-07 squad.

The 2006-07 Islanders basketball team earned the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance and finished with a program record 26 wins.

The Islanders claimed the Southland Conference title with a 14-2 record, and then defeated Southeastern Louisiana (80-72), McNeese (87-66) and Northwestern State (81-78) in Houston to win the conference tournament and earn a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Facing No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the opening round of the tournament, the Islanders led until the 9:34 mark of the second half before eventually falling to the Badgers, 76-63.

That team still holds school records for field goals made, longest winning streak, winning percentage, field goal percentage and assists.

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