ISLANDERS OUT TO BOUNCE BACK FROM FIRST SOUTHLAND LOSS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will be seeking to rebound from its first Southland Conference loss of the season Wednesday night as the Islanders travel to UT Arlington from a 7 p.m. game.
The Islanders enter the game 5-1 in the league and 11-9 overall. They had their 5-game Southland Conference win streak snapped Saturday in a 70-58 loss to Sam Houston State. It was also the team's first home loss of the season. The Mavs are 10-9 overall and 2-4 in the Southland Conference after downing Texas State in San Marcos on Saturday by four, 82-78.
Last season, the teams met three times with Islanders winning all three. The last meeting of the year came in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament with A&M-Corpus Christi winning 79-72. Kevin Palmer led the Islanders with a career-best 35 points in the victory. With the season sweep, the Islanders have taken a 5-2 lead in the series.
Wednesday's game will be a battle of two of the league's top three scorers. Palmer leads the Islanders with 20.3 points a game and is third in the league. UTA's Marquez Haynes is second in the nation in scoring with 24.5 points a game and has six 30-point games this season.
On Saturday, Palmer became the sixth Islander all-time and second two-year player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Justin Reynolds reached a pair of landmarks in the game. He surpassed both 800 points in his career and 300 defensive rebounds. Horace Bond became the ninth player to reach 300 in rebounds in a career.
The Islanders return home on Saturday to face Nicholls at 7 p.m. for Homecoming 2010.