November 13, 2010

Islanders Tip Off Season Against Northeastern (Okla.) State

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will begin its 2010-11 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 13, against Northeastern State at 1 p.m. at the American Bank Center. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools in the regular season.

The Islanders went 2-0 in their exhibition contests, taking a 64-54 win over Texas A&M International and a 75-74 victory over Incarnate Word. The second game was not without drama, as Hollis Hill's fadeaway from the right elbow fell with 1.2 seconds to play, giving Texas A&M-Corpus Christi a dramatic victory over UIW. Demond Watt was the star of the game, though, posting a double-double with 18 points and 14 boards to lead the home squad. Jawan Nelson had 18 points and six rebounds in the first exhibition.

NSU fell to Minnesota in its lone exhibition contest of the season, as the Gophers proved too much for the RiverHawks in a 109-59 victory. Dominique Gaines had 18 points, Jermaine Bransford 17 in a losing effort for NSU.

The Islanders have won three straight season openers, including a 67-43 win over Oregon State a year ago in the Duel in the Desert in Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech. The Island University has a 10-1 all-time record in openers, with the only loss a 72-64 defeat at the hands of Texas Southern in 2007. In home openers, the Islanders are 10-1 as well.

In six years at the American Bank Center, the Islanders have enjoyed strong success at the facility. Since the 2004-05 season, when the Center opened, the Islanders are a combined 60-18 in the building, including four seasons with at least nine wins and six with double-digit victories. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has only lost one November game in the building, the aforementioned loss to Texas Southern in 2007.