ISLANDERS DROP 64-43 DECISION TO JACKS
NACOGDOCHES - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi travelled to Stephen F. Austin looking to stay in the race for the second seed Saturday afternoon, but dropped a 64-43 decision to the Lumberjacks at Johnson Coliseum.
The Islanders had 19 turnovers and shot 32.6% from the floor for the game as they dropped to 8-6 in the Southland Conference and 14-14 overall. Stephen F. Austin earned its 20th win of the season and moved to 10-4 in the league. The Lumberjacks hit 41.1% from the floor and had only nine turnovers.
Justin Reynolds led the Islanders with 21 of the team's 43 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field and was 8-of-10 from the foul line. Reynolds also had a season-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the year
In the opening half, Reynolds scored the Islanders first seven points for the Islanders. A three by Reynolds gave the Islanders a 7-5 lead. After four points in a row by Eddie Williams, Kevin Palmer drained a three for a 10-9 Islander advantage six minutes.
SFA's Walt Harris drained a three to give the Lumberjacks a 12-10 lead and started a 9-2 run that gave the hosts an 18-12 lead. A three by Filip Toncinic pulled the Islanders to within 18-15 with nine minutes to go before halftime.
The 'Jacks used an 8-2 run to build a 26-17 advantage. Back-to-back baskets by Demond Watt, who finished with two after averaging nearly 19 points in the last four games, a drive by Terence Jones pulled A&M-Corpus Christi to within five, 26-21, but SFA would again extend its lead to nine taking a 34-25 lead into the second half.
The second half opened with Harris knocking down a three to make it a 12-point game. The Islanders, who made one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half, had some early chances to cut into the lead but had four straight turnovers early in the half.
Both teams went without a field goal from the 17:40 mark when Reynolds hit a jumper until Jereal Scott hit a bucket with at the 9:29 mark to make it a 43-29 game.
Toncinic made it 43-31 by hitting his second basket of the contest, but the Islanders would get no closer.
Scott led the hosts with 16 points as they outscored A&M-Corpus Christi 34-16 in the paint. Williams added 11 as did Denzel Barnes, who started in place of injured point guard Eric Bell.
Aside from Reynolds' 21 points, Palmer was the only other Islander with more than five points.
The Islanders remain head to Lamar on Wednesday before returning to the American Bank Center on Saturday to face UT Arlington in the final game of the regular season. The game is slated for 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center.