ISLANDERS, SOUTHEASTERN BATTLE FOR SEEDING AT AMERICAN BANK CENTER
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will look to regain its winning ways in the Southland Conference on Wednesday as it battles Southeastern Louisiana at the American Bank Center. The game is slated for a 7 p.m.
The Islanders enter the game in the midst of a three-game losing streak that has dropped them into a three-way tie for the third with the Lions and UT Arlington at 7-5 in the Southland - one game behind Stephen F. Austin for second. A&M-Corpus Christi is now 13-13 on the year, while Southeastern is 15-10 on the year.
The Islanders won the first three meetings with the Lions before losing at the buzzer a season ago on a jumper by Damon Forrest. A&M-Corpus Christi is 12-4 against Southland teams from Louisiana.
A&M-Corpus Christi will be facing one of the top shooting teams in the country as the Lions are currently 17th at 48.2%. Southeastern is also the only team to hold opponents below 40% shooting on the season and leads the way with 5.5 blocks.
The Islanders will need continued strong play from Demond Watt who has hit 81.5% of his attempts the last three games to average a team-best 19.0 points in the span. Kevin Palmer and Justin Reynolds need to regain their earlier form. Palmer, who is hitting over 78% from the foul on the season, has hit just 58.8% in the last three games. Reynolds is just 5-of-18 from the field in the losing streak.
Southeastern is led by Patrick Sullivan. He leads the Lions in scoring with 15.1 points a game and 8.4 rebounds. He is second in the league and 12th in the nation with 3.1 blocks a game. Guard Trent Hutchin is second at 10.1 points an outing. He is 26-of-28 from the foul line and has hit 44.4% from behind the arc.