ISLANDERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR FIRST BIG 10 WIN AGAINST 'CATS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team continues its Chicago stay Wednesday night when the Islanders take on Northwestern at 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The game can be heard on ESPN 1230 KSIX with the pre-game show at 6:40 with Steven King providing the call. Islander fans can catch video of the contest at Big10Network.com with live stats available on the Northwestern website www.nusports.com.
The game is the second straight for the Islanders in Illinois as they visited Champaign on Sunday when they fell 72-53 to the Illini at Assembly Hall. A&M-Corpus Christi, which is 1-1 on the season, will be the second-straight Southland Conference opponent for Northwestern as the Wildcats trounced Central Arkansas 81-39 on Sunday.
The Islanders are searching for their first win versus a Big 10 team going 0-4 versus the league all-time. After Sunday, TAMUCC has twice fallen to the Illini. This will be the team's second meeting with the Wildcats falling 59-51 on Valentine's Day in 2004. The other loss was to Wisconsin in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Championship.
Entering Wednesday's game, newcomer Kevin Palmer is leading the Islanders in scoring with 11.5 points a game. Filip Toncinic, who had a career-high 10 against Illinois, and Justin Reynolds are each averaging 9.5 points a game. Sophomore Demond Watt leads the team in rebounding with 19 in two games. Watt just missed his career-best with 11 at Illinois on Sunday.
Northwestern was led by junior Kevin Coble in the win over the Bears. Coble had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Kyle Rowley, Michael Thompson and Jeff Ryan each had 10. The Wildcats took advantage of 23 turnovers and shot a stifling 60.9% from the floor.