GAME-WINNING SHOT PROPELS PALMER TO WEEKLY HONORS
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior guard Kevin Palmer was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season the league announced on Monday. He is the lone repeat winner this season.
The transfer from Cecil Community College in Maryland averaged 23 points in 24.5 minutes of play. He hit 65% of his shots including a coast-to-coast drive to the basket to win the game with a tenth of a second left at Northwestern State on Saturday. He finished the game with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 shooting from the foul line. Palmer, who swiped five steals, scored 20 points in the second half.
Last Wednesday against Texas State, Palmer netted 21 points in 21 minutes of play in the team's 89-64. He was 6-of-7 from the floor and had 15 points in the final 20 minutes.
Palmer has now scored 307 points this season and is averaging over 17.1 points a game. His average is the highest in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi history since Michael Hicks in the first two seasons of the Islander program.
With the two wins, the Islanders moved to 3-0 in the Southland Conference and lead the West Division. Stephen F. Austin, who leads the East Division is the only other team without a loss in league play.
A&M-Corpus Christi puts its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night when it travels to Beaumont for a meeting with Lamar. The game at the Montagne Center begins at 7 p.m. They host UTSA on Saturday in the first-ever Islander game on campus in the Dugan Wellness Center.