TAMUCC HOSTS UTSA IN FIRST ON-CAMPUS BASKETBALL GAME FOR ISLANDERS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team hosts Southland Conference rival UTSA at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the first-ever on-campus basketball game for the Islanders.
The game will be played in the recently completed Dugan Wellness Center due to a scheduling conflict at the American Bank Center. A dedication ceremony for the new student recreation facility will be held prior to the game at 10:30 a.m.
The game can be heard live on ESPN 1230 with the pregame show at 1:40 p.m. Live stats and video will be available on www.goislanders.com.
The Islanders, who lead the series 6-2, enter the contest having won four straight Southland Conference games and sit 10-9 on the year after downing Lamar 89-71 on Wednesday. At 4-0, they are the last remaining unbeaten team in SLC play. The four-game winning streak is the longest for the Islanders since winning six games leading into the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07. The Islanders began that season 7-0 in league play.
UTSA is 2-1 on the year and 11-5 overall. The Roadrunners defeated UTPA 83-72 in a non-conference game on Wednesday night.
The Roadrunners have four players scoring in double digits in SLC action entering the contest led by Omar Johnson at 14.7 points. Travis Gabbidon is averaging nearly a double-double in league play with 14.3 points and 9.3 boards. Devin Gibson is adding 13.7 points and Joey Shank 10.3 in the three Southland games.
The game will feature two of the top defensive teams in the country as both teams are in the top 15 in steals. Led by Gibson, who is the national leader in steals per game with 3.6, UTA is third as a team with 10.9. The Islanders are 15th with 9.7 a game. Kevin Palmer is ninth in the country with 2.7 a game. UTSA is also in the top 10 in three-point baskets per game and turnover margin