December 5, 2008

ISLANDERS HEAD TO METROPLEX, GAME TO START AT 2 P.M.

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team heads to TCU looking for its fourth straight win when the Islanders face the Horned Frogs on Saturday.

Originally slated for a 7 p.m. tip, the contest will begin at 2 p.m. and will carried locally on ESPN 1230 KSIX. Fans out of the Corpus Christi area can listen to the game on www.espn1230.com.

After pulling away from St. Edward's in the second half after trailing 38-36 at the intermission for a 84-70, the Islanders moved to 4-3 on the season with their third straight-win. It is the longest winning streak for the team since winning six straight including three games en route to the Southland Conference title during the 2006-07 season.

A&M-Corpus Christi has averaged 84.7 points on 48.6% shooting. Kevin Palmer is averaging 19.7 points during the stretch after the only two 20 point games by an Islander this season to start the streak. He is also leading the team during the stretch with 6.3 rebounds and 11 steals.

Demond Watt had averaged 14 a game including the two highest games of his career with 19 against St. Edward's and 15 versus UNC-Wilmington. Justin Reynolds has scored 12.3 a game. LaMarr Drake has 14 assists in the run.

TCU enters the contest after moving to 5-3 on the season with a 62-46 win over Colorado on Wednesday. Three Horned Frogs are averaging double-digit points under first-year head coach Jim Christian, who spent the previous six seasons at Kent St. with 20-plus wins each season. Kevin Langford leads the team at 13.4 points, while Edvina Ruzgas is tallying 11.4. Zvonko Buljan is scoring 10.1 points with a team-best 5.8 rebounds.

The meeting will be third between the two sides with the Islanders winning both. The last meeting was during the 2005-06 season in Fort Worth with A&M-Corpus Christi winning 55-49.