A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI DONE IN BY THREE-POINT BASKETS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi fell behind early to No. 19 Florida State on Monday at the Tucker Center and never recovered dropping an 94-54 loss to the Seminoles at the Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (13-2) bolted out to a 10-0 lead just over two minutes into the game and the Islanders (5-8) didn't score until Kevin Palmer hit a pair of foul shots 2-1/2 minutes into the game. The Seminoles answered with two of their season -best 12 three-point baskets to take a 16-2 lead. Eight of the threes came in the first half.
"We tried to pack it in like we did against Texas and win the war in the paint," said Islander head coach Perry Clark. "We wanted to force them to shoot threes since they hadn't shot well from outside much of the season. They started to hit a few, opening lanes to the basket and giving them confidence. Their ability to hit the threes early changed the complexion of what we wanted to do and then we started to press on offense.
"I felt we needed to survive the first 10 minutes to have our best chance and we didn't do that."
Chris Singleton hit the first followed by Deividas Dulkys, who finished with a team-best 17 points and five three-point baskets.
Demond Watt scored as FSU was called for goaltending at the 15:52 for the first field goal of the game. Kevin Palmer and Watt made two free throws each to pull within eight, 16-8, but the Islanders would get no closer.
The Seminoles took a 19-point lead into the locker room and the Islanders were unable to cut into the margin in the second half.
The Islanders won the rebounding war 37-33 but struggled offensively turning the ball over 25 times and shooting a season-low 29.1% from the floor.
Watt led the Islanders posting his second double-double in a row and team-best third of the season. The junior tied his career high with 19 points and snared 11 rebounds. He was 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the foul line. Kevin Palmer finished the game with a season-low 13 points. He finished 2-of-12 from the field, but was 9-of-12 from the foul line. Palmer had three steals.
Three Seminoles joined Dulkys in double figures. Singleton added 12, while Jordan DeMercy and Luke Loucks each had 10.
The Islanders open Southland Conference action on Saturday as they visit Central Arkansas. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. tip and can be heard on ESPN 1230 KSIX.