The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns to action on Sunday when it visits Kent State at the M.A.C Arena in Kent, Ohio. The game is slated for a 6:30 p.m. (CST) tip and can be heard in Corpus Christi on ESPN 1230 KSIX or on the internet via www.goislanders.com or www.espn1230ksix.com.
The Islanders enter the game at 4-4 and will be looking to get back in the win column. A&M-Corpus Christi will be out to snap a two-game losing streak including a hard-fought effort against Houston in its most recent outing. The Islanders fell by seven, 83-76, despite 22 points by Kevin Palmer and out-rebounding the Cougars by 16 rebounds including 12 boards by Horace Bond.
"I think this is an important road trip for us," said Islander head coach Perry Clark. "We have the opportunity to face two solid teams (Kent State and Monmouth) and gain some momentum with the start of league play just around the corner.
"I thought before the break we were playing with a lot of intensity and that our execution was improving. My concern is that we are able to build on that following the break."
Palmer continues to lead the Islander offense. The senior guard is one of just two players ranked in the top 30 in the nation in points per game and in the top eight in steals. Now with 22-or-more points in four games, Palmer is averaging 19.8 points a game and with four steals at Houston leads the Southland Conference with 3.1 steals a game which is eighth. Only Aubrey Coleman who leads the nation in both categories is ranked higher in both categories.
The Islanders will be bolstered in the backcourt by the return of senior point guard LaMarr Drake. In 16 games as a junior, Drake averaged 6.6 points and 3.2 assists as the team's starter. He missed the second half of last season and the first eight games of this due to academics.
Kent State sits at 5-4 entering the contest. Like the Islanders, the Golden Flashes will be looking to snap a two-game slide falling to Xavier (77-61) and Pitt (71-59) in their prior two games.
Four players average double digits for Kent. Justin Greene leads the way with 12.7 a game, while Rodriguez Sherman is netting 12.3 points and leads the team with 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals. Tyree Evans and Chris Singletary average 10.7 and 10.0 points a game respectively.
The Islanders head to West Long Branch, N.J. following the game to face Monmouth on Wednesday at 6 p.m.