A 25-3 run over a 9:27 stretch of the first half broke open a tight game as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team opened the 2008 season with an 83-64 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The Islanders now hit the road for two games in the Chicago area. They face Illinois on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and Northwestern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Both games are slated to be streamed over the Big Ten website for free.
Leading 12-11 seven minutes into the game the Islanders went on a decisive 25-3 run from the 13-minute mark until the 3:34 point of the opening half. The team would lead by no less than 15 the rest of the way.
Seven different Islanders netted at least two points during the run as the team exhibited a balanced-offense all night. Tim Green hit a pair of pivotal three-point buckets, while freshman Jawan Nelson capped the run with the final four points on pair of putbacks. Filip Toncinic added four, while Justin Reynolds, Kevin Palmer, and LaMarr Drake each had three. Kevin Perkins rounded out the scoring in the run with two.
The Islanders would lead by 23, 41-18, at the intermission. They limited the Javelinas to 18 points in the first half on 24-percent shooting. The point total was the fewest allowed by A&M-Corpus Christi since permitting Texas State 18 in the first meeting between the two teams in the 2006-07 season.
In the second half, Kingsville pulled to within 15 points at 58-43 with just under 12 minutes remaining after back-to-back baskets by Schyler King. King had hit a three early in the run to pull the visitors to within 17.
The Javs but would get no closer as the Islanders answered with a 18-5 run to seal the win.
Ten Islanders scored in the game with four in double figures. The freshman Nelson led the way with 14 points in just 10 minutes of action, while fellow newcomer Palmer added 13 to go with six assists. Returnees Reynolds and Green each had 11. A&M-Corpus Christi dominated on the glass 50-32 lead by Demond Watt with eight. Six other Islanders grabbed at least five.
Robert Williams and Adam Morris led the visitors with 15 and 14 points ,respectively.