ISLANDERS HIT ROAD FOR PAIR OF GAMES
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi puts its Southland Conference-best 4-0 record on the line Saturday as it travels up I-37 to visit UTSA at the Convocation Center and Monday, the Islanders head south to Texas-Pan American for their final non-conference. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. tips.
Saturday's game can be heard on 1150 KCCT AM and streamed at http://vista.streamguys.com/kcct with live stats available on www.goislanders.com. The game will be televised in the San Antonio on Time Warner Cable on Channel 50 at 10 p.m. on a tape-delayed basis.
The Islanders enter the two-game road swing in the midst of a four-game winning streak. They moved over .500 to 9-8 with an 81-64 win over Lamar on Wednesday on Stripes Court. The Islanders are one league win away from matching last season's 5-0 start to the league and will be looking for their third conference win in a row.
UTSA enters the contest with the league's top overall mark at 12-4 and is 2-1 in the league. The Roadrunners had a four-game winning streak of their own snapped in their most recent outing falling 72-66 at UT Arlington. They are 7-0 at the Convocation Center.
Kevin Palmer exploded for a season-high 32 points in the Islanders last outing and is now averaging over 21 points a game on the season. He has raised his scoring average to 23.8 points in league games.
The most significant jump in scoring in league games is by Justin Reynolds. The junior Islander had a career-high 23 points against Northwestern State two games ago and followed that up with 18 versus Lamar. He is averaging 16 points a game in league play, while scoring just 7.8 points in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Better ball control has been a key as well to the 4-0 start in league play. Entering SLC action, the Islanders had posted back-to-back games of 25 turnovers. After a season-best 11 turnovers against Lamar, the Islanders have turned the ball over just 56 times in four league outings. It has also led to an increase in the team's efficiency offensively as they are hitting 47.7% of their shots in league play after just 43.7% in non-conference games.
For UTSA, Devin Gibson leads a group of four player averaging 10-or-more points. Gibson, who also leads the team in assists (4.3) and steals (2.0), is scoring 13.4 a game on the year. Morris Smith IV is second in all games at 12.4 p.p.g. and has raised that to a team-best 16.3 in conference tilts. Omar Johnson is third at 11.0 p.p.g and Terry Fields fourth (10.3). Fields leads the team with 6.2 rebounds.
On Monday, the Islanders will visit Edinburg to face long-time rival UTPA. Earlier this season, Palmer led TAMUCC to a 77-55 victory in the season-opener at the American Bank Center. Palmer had 17 points, while Justin Reynolds and Horace Bond added 15 and 14 points respectively.
The Broncs are 3-17 overall on the year with one non-conference win. They are 2-0 in the Great West Conference. Jared Maree is the top scorer at 9.4 points a game.