January 20, 2009

ISLANDERS PUT WIN STREAK ON THE LINE AT LAMAR

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christ men's basketball team heads to Lamar for a Wednesday night contest at looking to build upon the moment its built with a 3-0 start in Southland Conference play. The game can be heard on KCCT 1150AM.

With the 3-0 start in the Southland Conference, the Islanders have evened their overall record at 9-9. Lamar is 10-6 overall and 1-2 in the league. A&M-Corpus Christi is looking for its first win against the Cardinals having loss the prior four meetings.

Kevin Palmer continues to lead the Islanders and was named the SLC Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday. Palmer, who is averaging 17.1 points a game overall, has upped that mark to a SLC-leading 21 a game in league play. He scored his second game-winning basket of the season at Northwestern State with a coast-to-coast drive to the basket falling in with a tenth of a second left in the 69-68 win. Palmer finished the game with 25 points including 20 in the second half.

The Islanders have also received strong contributions from other players as well. Tim Green scored a career-high 21 points against the Demons and has doubled his scoring average in SLC action from 7.3 points to 13.3 a game. Filip Toncinic is averaging over nine a game and had 12 at NSU. He had eight of his 12 points in pivotal stretch late in the game.

Lamar is led by Kenny Dawkins, who is a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award as one of the top point guards in the country, is matching Palmer's 17.1 points a game average. Brandon McThay is second in scoring with 14.1 a game, while Jay Brown is close to a double with 13.7 and 9.8 rebounds. Brown leads the league in rebounding.

The Cardinals won their first conference game over Southeastern Louisiana 76-65, but have lost their last two. They fell 94-83 to UT Arlington and 75-63 to McNeese State.

The Islanders return home on Saturday to face UTSA at the recently completed Dugan Wellness Center. The game is slated to start 2 p.m. with a dedication ceremony for the new building at 10:30 p.m.