ISLANDERS, UTSA TO SQUARE OFF ON STRIPES COURT WEDNESDAY NIGHT
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team renews its rivalry with UTSA Wednesday night when the Islanders host the Roadrunners at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center.
At halftime, the student-athletes named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll will be honored. Earlier this semester, 197 Islander student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 GPA-or-better.
The Islanders enter the game with a 13-11 record overall and are 7-3 in the Southland Conference sitting 1-1/2 games ahead of Texas State for second in the West Division. UTSA, which had the Southland Conference's best non-conference mark entering league play, is 14-9 overall, but just 4-6 in the league. The Roadrunners currently sit sixth in the West Division.
The meeting is the second of the season between the two sides. On Jan. 23, the Islanders handed UTSA a 66-62 loss in overtime. In that game, the Roadrunners made a late charge in regulation from nine points down with five minutes to go to force overtime. With the game knotted at 60 in OT, Demond Watt scored to give the Islanders the lead for good. Kevin Palmer overcame first half foul trouble to finish with 18 points, while Watt added 15. Morris Smith, IV, led the way with 19 points for UTSA.
Saturday's meeting will be the 12th all-time between the two sides, which is one more than any other team the Islanders have faced in the league. TAMUCC has met Sam Houston State 11 times following Saturday's game. The Islanders lead the series with UTSA 8-3.
A&M-Corpus Christi will looking to bounce back from its second loss of the season to league-leader Sam Houston State despite a pair of 21-point performances by Watt and Palmer. The 21 points were a career-best for Watt, who is averaging career-bests in both points (12.3) and rebounds (8.0). For Palmer, who is the third in the SLC in scoring with 19.8 points, it was his 21st game of the season with at least 15 points and gives 12, 20-point performances.
Devin Gibson leads the Roadrunners in points, steals and assists. Gibson, who is tops in the SLC in foul shooting at 83.5%, is averaging 12.8 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals a game. Terry Fields is tops with 6.2 rebounds. As a team, UTSA is second in the nation in three-point defense at 27.2% and 18th in foul shooting (74.3).
On Saturday, the Islanders hit the road as they make their only trip of the season to Louisiana to face McNeese State. The game, originally slated for a 3 p.m. tip, will start at 2 p.m.