ISLANDERS RETURN HOME LOOKING FOR THIRD WIN IN ROW

For the first time in 2010 and just the second time since the end of November, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns home to the American Bank Center to face Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Saturday on Stripes Court.

The first 1000 fans in the door will receive a rally towel courtesy of Shea Physical Therapy.

The Islanders (7-8, 2-0) will be looking to move to 3-0 in Southland Conference play after earning a pair of road wins over Central Arkansas (64-59) and Texas State (68-59). With a win, the Islanders would move to 3-0 in league play for the third time in four seasons in the league. Last year, A&M-Corpus Christi opened the season with a five-game winning streak and in the 2006-07 campaign the Islanders started 7-0.

The Demons enter the contest at 5-10 on the year. They are 0-2 in the Southland dropping both games by seven or fewer points. They fell 79-72 at Nicholls in their SLC opener and lost to Southeastern Louisiana at home 70-64.

The meeting will be the fifth all-time between the sides. The Islanders lead the series 3-1. The biggest meeting between the teams was in the Southland Conference Championship game in 2007. A&M-Corpus Christi won 81-78 to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the only time in school history.

Last year, Kevin Palmer drove the length of the court in the waning seconds to score the winning points in a 69-68 victory at Northwestern State. Palmer led all scorers with 25 points and swiped five steals. Tim Green added 21 for the Islanders and Filip Toncinic had 12. The Demons were led by returnees Damon Jones and Michael McConathy, who had 12 each.

Palmer continues to lead the Islanders and is second in the Southland Conference in scoring with 20.1 points a game and was 19th in the nation entering the week. He is tops in the league with 2.7 steals which is 13th in the nation. Demond Watt is averaging 11.5 points and is among the league leaders with 8.3 blocks.

Northwestern is led by a pair of double-digit scorers. Jones is scoring 13.3 a game, while Devon Baker is averaging 12.2. William Mosley is among the national leaders and second in the league in blocks with 4.8 a game. He also averages a team-high 7.8 boards.

The Islanders remain at home on Wednesday when they host Lamar at 7 p.m. It will be the second "All You Can Eat" Wednesday. Call (361) 825-BALL for more information.