The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will open year two under head coach Perry Clark and its tenth season on the NCAA Division I level Friday night when it hosts neighboring Texas A&M-Kingsville at the American Bank Center on Stripes Court at 7 p.m.
Live stats and video will be available on www.goislanders.com. The game can be heard on KCCT 1150 AM.
The Islanders, who are 8-1 in season openers, will be looking to improve on last year's 9-20 record, while the Javelinas went 16-11 a season ago. The game is the regular-season opener for A&M-Corpus Christi while a quirk in the NCAA rules allows for the game to count as an exhibition game for the Division II Javelinas.
The Islanders return seven players from a season ago led by sophomores Justin Reynolds and Kevin Perkins. Reynolds, who was named to the All-Southland Conference Preseason second team, rewrote nearly every Islander record for freshmen after scoring 11.7 points a game and leading the team with 7.2 rebounds. Perkins was third in scoring with 10.3 points a game. Senior Tim Green was fourth with 7.0 points game
Fellow sophomores Horace Bond, Demond Watt and Antonio Topps along with junior Filip Toncinic also gained invaluable experience in Clark's first season.
The returnees will be joined by four JUCO transfers and a handful of freshmen led by the duo of transfers Kevin Palmer and LaMarr Drake and freshman Jawan Nelson.
The team will be looking continuing the trend of Clark's ability to turn a program around in two years. In his first job as a head coach, Clark's Green Wave jumped from four to 11 wins, while Miami went from 16 to 24 for an average improvement of 9.5 victories.
The contest marks the first time the Islanders have faced the Javelinas in the regular season.
Kingsville enters the game led by Wendell Mulkey, who averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 assists per game. Former Islander Adan Montalvo also returns for the visitors after leading the Javelinas with 10.9 points a game.