December 27, 2009

ISLANDERS RETURN HOME TO HOST OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE, PARTICIPATE IN ORGAN DONOR DRIVE

In midst of a stretch in which it plays eight of nine games on the road, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns to the American Bank Center to host Oklahoma Panhandle State in the first game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader. The men tip at 4:30 p.m. with the women playing Houston at 7 p.m. on Stripes Court.

As part of the events surrounding the game, the Islanders will be participating in a drive for organ donors an on behalf of 13-year-old Taylor Berry, restrictive cardio-myopathy. Berry first had a heart transplant at age three and will be headed to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on Thursday to await a second transplant. Berry will get the opportunity to sit on the team bench during the men's game as honorary member of the Islanders. Pam Silvestri of the Southwest Transplant Alliance will be on hand to distribute information on organ donations and register donors in the concourse. Those who can't attend the game can register to donate organs at www.donatelifetexas.org.

The Islander men (4-6) enter the contest looking to snap a four-game losing streak and move to within a game of .500 before opening 2010 with games at Texas and Florida State. The four-game losing streak is the team's longest streak since losing five games during the 2007-08 season before ending the season with a win over Sam Houston State on Stripes Court.

A pair of Islanders reached lofty milestones in their careers in the team's last outing at Monmouth. Kevin Palmer scored 21 points and now has 803 points in 43 games as an Islander. Palmer, who has scored 20 points six times this season and has at least 15 in each game, is the seventh TAMUCC player to reach the mark. With five rebounds, Watt became just the sixth player to grab 400 caroms in a career and joins Justin Reynolds as Islanders to have reached the mark this season.

The Aggies enter the game with a 4-5 record and are the third team from the Heartland Conference that the Islanders have faced this season. A&M-Corpus Christi had back-to-back wins earlier this season against St. Edward's (75-66) and Texas A&M International (55-52). The Aggies played one other Division I opponent this season falling 83-73 at New Mexico State in November.

Live stats, video and audio of the game will be available at www.goislanders.com.