ISLANDERS RALLY LATE BUT CAN'T OVERCOME DEFICIT
KENT, Ohio - Kevin Palmer scored 25 points - 20 in the second half - matching his season-best and Demond Watt posted his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds Sunday night, but it wasn't enough for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi which fell 85-76 to Kent State at the M.AC. Center.
The Islanders (4-5) trailed by 21 after a three-point basket by Tyree Evans with just over five minutes remaining before beginning a mad flurry to get A&M-Corpus Christi back in the contest.
Terence Jones began a 24-9 for A&M-Corpus Christi with a three-point basket. After Evans hit a pair of free throws, Marcus Hammonds got loose on the fastbreak to make it 70-52 with 5:28 left.
A dunk by Brandon Parks appeared to seal the game for the Golden Flashes, but Palmer answered with a three-point bucket. He would go on to score 11 points in the final five minutes and recorded five threes which is tops by an Islander this season.
Following a dunk by Rodriguez Sherman, Hammonds entered the three-point fray with his only three-point attempt of the game. The shot made it a 14-point contest.
Watt, whose 13 boards were a career-high, converted a 3-point play with 2:19 left to make it an 11-point. After Mike McKee hit 1-of-2 free throws, Palmer drained an NBA-range trey to pull the Islanders to within single digits, 77-68. With 1:40 to go, the Islander senior hit another three to make it 77-71.
After Kent State (6-4) hit 3-of-4 attempts at the charity stripe, pushing its lead to nine, 80-71, Palmer drained his fifth trey of the game to make it 80-74 with 48 seconds left.
The Golden Flashes would hit 5-of-6 foul shots in the final 45 seconds to seal the game.
A&M-Corpus Christi trailed by 10, 38-28, at halftime after hitting just 9-of-25 shots from the floor. The Islanders were 0-of-5 from behind the arc and 10-of-17 from the foul line.
Kent State took advantage of 14 first half turnovers by the Islanders. The Golden Flashes outscored TAMUCC 13-2 off of turnovers in the first 20 minutes and 24-7 in the game.
Rodriguez Sherman led the hosts with 16 points, while Chris Singletary added 14 points and 10 assists. The Golden Flashes forced 22 turnovers in the game, while committing just seven.
Led by Watt's career-best 13 boards, the Islanders out-rebounded the hosts 47 to 31 including 18-10 on the offensive glass. Watt had eight offensive boards, while Justin Reynolds had nine total.
The Islanders return to action on Wednesday at Monmouth.