February 17, 2009

ISLANDERS HIT ROAD FOR CLASH WITH ROADRUNNERS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team heads into Wednesday night's game with Southland Conference rival UTSA looking to rebound from a league loss for just the second time this season. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center on the UTSA campus.

The Islanders enter the contest 14-11 overall and 8-2 in the Southland Conference. They suffered a hard-fought 75-73 loss to Sam Houston State on Saturday. UTSA enters with a 6-4 record in the league and is two games behind the Islanders and Bearkats. The Roadrunners (15-8) had a two-game winning streak snapped in their last outing against UT Arlington 84-82.

A&M-Corpus Christi will be out to bounce back and stay in the thick of the race for the regular-season title and the top seed in the conference tournament. Currently, the Islanders and Sam Houston are tied for the best record in the conference, but the Bearkats hold the advantage after sweeping the season series from the Islanders.

The contest will pit two of the top 10 teams in steals against each other. TAMUCC senior Kevin Palmer has not only been stellar on offense as his 16.9 point a game would indicate, but he is also a tremendous defender. He is currently 10th in the nation in steals with 2.7 as the team is tenth with 9.4, which is second in the SLC to UTSA. The Roadrunners are fourth with 10.2 swipes per contest with guard Devin Gibson leading the nation with 3.5 despite battling a back injury.

The meeting is the second of the season between the two sides. The Islanders won 80-66 on Jan. 24 in a game contested on the TAMUCC campus in the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders had five players in double digits led by Justin Reynolds with 15 as they led by as more than 20 before a pair of late threes closed the gap. Filip Toncinic posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Shamar Coombs and Palmer each netted 13. Tim Green added 11 points. Travis Gabbidon led UTSA with 25.

The Islanders return home to host McNeese State on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the American Bank Center.