February 9, 2010

TAMUCC HOSTS BOBCATS AS SECOND HALF OF SOUTHLAND SLATE STARTS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will look to continue its hot shooting Wednesday night as the Islanders host Texas State at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center. The first 1,000 fans in attendance at Stripes Court will receive a free keychain from NavyArmy Federal Credit Union.

The game can be heard on ESPN 1230 KSIX with live video of the action on www.goislanders.com. Live stats will also be available on goislanders.com.

As the back half of the Southland Conference season opens, the Islanders possess the second-best record in league play at 6-2 and are 12-10 on the year. A&M-Corpus Christi is 7-1 at home on the season.

A&M-Corpus Christi is coming off its best shooting performance of the season after hitting 62.2% of its shots against Nicholls in a 71-46 Homecoming win. It was the team's best shooting game since hitting 62.5% against Texas State on Jan. 18, 2007 in a 90-42 win.

In the Islanders win over the Colonels, Demond Watt led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a row. It was Watt's seventh of the season and the 10th of his career. In the process, Watt became the third Islander in school history to surpass the 500 mark in career rebounds and is also second all-time with 219 offensive rebounds. The junior is now tied for fourth in the league a career-best 8.2 rebounds a game.

With a pair of steals, Kevin Palmer pulled to within one of tying Taurean Mitchell for the school record in steals. Mitchell swiped 147 in four seasons from 2003-07, while Palmer has 146 in just under two seasons. With 2.7 steals a game, Palmer is ninth in the nation in Dvision I. Palmer is third in the league and 34th in the nation with 19.4 points a game. He had six points against Nicholls on Saturday as his 43-game streak of double-digit performances was snapped. Palmer, who was 1-of-2 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the foul line, has just three single-digit scoring performances in his career.

The Islanders will be going for their fourth straight win over the Bobcats, who enter at 11-12 on the season. They are tied with Lamar at 5-4 in the West Division of the Southland Conference, but have had trouble on the road this season. While 9-2 at home in Strahan Coliseum, the Bobcats are 2-8 in a hostile environment and 0-2 on a neutral court.

Led by Cameron Johnson, Texas State is second in the Southland with 76.8 points a game, but allows 78.8. Johnson, who had 29 points in a win Saturday at McNeese State, is averaging a team-best 13.6 points an outing. Five other players average between 7.6 and 9.7 points a game. Johnson also leads the team with 7.9 rebounds a game.

The Islanders return to the road Saturday as they travel to Huntsville to face Southland Conference leader Sam Houston State. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.