ISLANDERS TRAVEL TO HOUSTON TO FACE COUGARS PRIOR TO BREAK

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team heads to Houston for 2 p.m. contest with the high-scoring Cougars on Sunday. The game will be carried live on ESPN 1230 KSIX.

The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-3 record after having a three-game winning streak snapped by Mississippi last Sunday, 73-58. Houston enters the game with a 3-2 overall record after a 2-1 showing at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Cougars opened the weekend with a 100-93 win over No. 25 Oklahoma overcoming an 18-point deficit in the first half.

Kevin Palmer continues to lead the Islanders in scoring. He is second in the Southland Conference with 19.4 points a game. Terence Jones is second with 9.1 points a game. Demond Watt is third with 9.0 ppg. He leads the Southland Conference in shooting at 63.6% and is tops on the team with 6.9 rebounds a game.

The Islanders, who enter the contest allowing just 61.6 points which is second-best in the Southland Conference, will have a tough task against the Cougars. UH leads Conference USA in scoring with 85.8 points a game and is in the top 12 nationally. They allow 78.8 points.

Senior Aubrey Coleman is the top player for the Cougars and has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week each of the last two weeks. He is first in the nation in steals with 4.5 steals an outing and second in the nation in scoring with 26.6 ppg. He also averages 7.6 rebounds to lead the team

Coleman is joined in double figures by a trio of fellow guards. Kelvin Lewis is second with 15.8 points a game; while Adam Brown is netting 13.4 Sophomore Desmond Wade is scoring 10.8 a contest.

The Islanders are searching for their first-ever win over the Cougars dropping the three prior meetings. Last season, Houston defeated the Islanders 85-65. Coleman led Houston with 22 points and 10 boards while Lewis added 20. Marcus Cousin had a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 10 boards.

Palmer led the Islanders with 17 points, while Justin Reynolds had 13 points Demond Watt had 10 rebounds for A&M-Corpus Christi. Houston finished 49.2 percent from the floor, while limiting TAMUCC to 33.8%.