ISLANDER INVASION A HUGE SUCCESS FOR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
The first ever Islander Invasion held in the Dugan Wellness Center was a big success for the athletic department and the TAMUCC basketball programs.
"It was a great turnout by the fans, I was very, very pleased with their enthusiasm," said men's head coach Perry Clark. "It really got our guys excited and something to look forward to going into the season.
The new venue for Islander Invasion was also a success as there were 526 people in attendance. There was a tailgate before hand and Islander Invasion shirts given out to the first 400 fans.
"This was a great basketball atmosphere, we had the biggest crowd for Islander Invasion since I have been here," said women's head coach Robert Robinson. "The Dugan Wellness Center is a good place to play basketball and should be an advantage for us in the two games we play here this season."
The event started with performances by the Islander cheer and dance teams, followed by university president Dr. Flavius Killebrew speaking to the crowd. The three-point shootout was next up as the men's and women's teams faced off against each other in the competition. The men came out on top by a score of 31-25 with junior Antonio Topps leading the men with nine made shots while Jade Davis, also a junior, made 10 to lead all participants. In the individual finals, Topps and Davis went head-to-head with Davis coming out on top by a slim 9-8 score.
In the team scrimmages, the women played an even paced game with the final score favoring the white team by a 22-20 margin. Davis once again was the difference as the game was tied at 20-20 before she hit a floater in the lane to put the final score at 22-20.
In the men's scrimmage, it was up tempo the entire time as there were multiple alley oops and long distance three-point shots that led to a higher scoring affair. The final score once again favored the white team as they took a 35-32 final. Redshirt freshman Terence Jones of the white team and senior Marcus Hammonds of the blue team each scored 13 points to finish as high scorers on the night. Junior Horace Bond and sophomore Jeremy Allen also reached double-digits as they both finished with 10 points.