HOT-SHOOTING ISLANDERS CLAIM HOMECOMING WIN OVER COLONELS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders hit a season-best 62.2% and never trailed Saturday night handing Nicholls a 71-46 loss as the Islanders celebrated Homecoming on Stripes Court at the American Bank Center.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Islanders, who move to 4-0 all-time against Nicholls. They are now 12-10 on the season and 6-2 in the Southland Conference. The Colonels have lost three straight and fell to 7-15 on the season and 3-6 in the Southland.
Demond Watt led the Islanders with his seventh double-double as he scored 17 points and 10 rebounds. Terence Jones added 13 points and Marcus Hammonds dropped in 11 second-half points.
Anatoly Bose led the Colonels with 11 points, while Fred Hunter scored 10. Bose entered the game second in the Southland Conference in scoring but finished over 11 points beneath his season average of 21.4 as he was 3-of-14 from the floor. He led the visitors with six rebounds.
The Islanders led the game for all but 1:17 when the game was knotted at two early on.
The game was tight at 16-13 before the Islanders broke open the game with an 18-2 run to take a 34-15 advantage. They led 34-18 at the intermission.
A 7-1 spurt to open the second half pushed the Islander lead to 23 points on a three-point basket by Horace Bond.
Nicholls could get no closer than 12 points when Bose and Hunter converted back-to-back buckets in the paint to make it 47-35 with 10:53 remaining.
Hammonds, who was 3-of-4 from three-point range, answered with a dunk and Shamar Coombs hit a jumper for two of his eight points as TAMUCC went on a 9-2 run to lead 56-37.
Filip Toncinic had four blocks for the Islanders. The Islanders finished with nine steals in the game led by Coombs with three. Kevin Palmer and Hammonds each had two. Palmer is now one steal shy of Taurean Mitchell for career steals with 146.
Palmer finished with six points on the night as he took just two shots from the floor and hit four free throws. The six points broke a 43-game streak of double-digit points for Palmer. He last had single digits last December at Savannah State.
While hitting over 60 percent of its shots in both halves, A&M-Corpus Christi limited the visitors to 34.7% for the game. The Islanders out-rebounded Nicholls 26-23. After missing 18 fouls shots in a loss on Wednesday, the Islanders hit 17-of-22 attempts in the win.
The Islanders remain at home on Wednesday to face Texas State on Stripes Court at 7 p.m. The Islanders won 68-59 in San Marcos in the first meeting earlier this season.