January 16, 2009

3-0 START ON HORIZON AS ISLANDERS HEAD TO NORTHWESTERN

After opening Southland Conference play with two decisive wins at home, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team visits Northwestern State on Saturday looking to go 3-0 in league play. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. tip.

The Islanders enter the game 8-9 on the year and are one win from matching last year's total of wins. Northwestern State is 0-2 in SLC action and 8-9 overall. The meeting is the third all-time between the two sides. The teams met twice in the 2006-07 season with the Islanders winning both including an 81-78 in the finals of the conference tournament. The Demons won last year at A&M-Corpus Christi.

A&M-Corpus Christi has played stifling defense in the first two games and been strong on the glass. The Islanders held Texas State to its lowest point total of the season on Wednesday in winning 89-64. The Bobcats were averaging 90.1 points a game entering the contest. In the opener, TAMUCC limited Central Arkansas to 44 points in a 70-44 win.

The Islanders have also been tremendous on the boards grabbing 51 in each of the two games. Three different Islanders have recorded double-digit games in conference play. Demond Watt had 10 in the opener, while Horace Bond and Marcus Hammonds had career highs with 12 and 11, respectively, against Texas State.

The Islanders have also averaged 79.5 points a game in the wins. Kevin Palmer is leading the team with 19 points a game a game, while five Islanders averaging eight-or-more a game. The 79 points are nearly 13 more points a game than their average in regular season contests.

The Demons are 0-2 in SLC action with losses to Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. Damon Jones leads the team with 11.7 points a game and Devin White is netting 10.9. William Mosley is averaging 7.9 boards a game to lead the team.

The Islanders head to Beaumont on Wednesday to face Lamar at 7 p.m. They return home to host UTSA in the new Dugan Wellness Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. An open house will be held prior to the game for public to tour the newest completed building on campus.