November 17, 2010

Islanders Head to Stillwater to Battle Oklahoma State

GAME WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON 1230 AM KSIX

LIVE STATS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 17, for a road contest at Oklahoma State. This will mark the first road game of the season for the Islanders, who enter the contest 1-1 on the year.

The Islanders are coming off an 86-65 loss to Texas A&M on Monday night, played in front of a crowd of 6,071 - the second highest attendance in school history. The Aggies got out to a 20-point lead late in the first half and were able to maintain that advantage throughout the second half, despite a tremendous game from senior forward Demond Watt. The Chicago native scored 21 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds, while sophomore Terence Jones had a career-high 16 points in the loss.

Oklahoma State is 1-0 on the season, having played Houston Baptist in their only regular-season contest thus far. The Cowboys toppled the Huskies by a score of 89-73, as Marshall Moses led the way with 17 points and seven boards.

THE LAST TIME

Oklahoma State and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi have met six times in the history of the programs, with the Cowboys emerging victorious on all six occasions. Wednesday's contest will be the fifth between the two teams at Gallagher-Iba Arena to go along with two in Corpus Christi.

The last meeting between the programs came at the American Bank Center, on Dec. 14, 2008, as the Cowboys took an 82-59 decision behind 32 points from Obi Munelo. Kevin Palmer scored 14 points and LaMarr Drake added 12 for the Islanders. The last time the two teams met in Stillwater, OSU was on the winning end of a 60-46 decision as James Anderson scored 22 points for the Cowboys. Justin Reynolds had a double-double in the loss, netting 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

AGAINST THE BIG 12

Tuesday's contest will be the second of four games this season against Big 12 opponents for the Island University. Texas A&M took the first contest between the conference and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 86-65 on Monday.

In addition to Wednesday's game, the Islanders have road contests at Kansas (Nov. 23) and at Texas Tech (Jan. 2) later on in the 2010-11 campaign. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 3-16 all-time against foes from the Big 12, including a 1-1 slate against A&M and a 1-2 mark against Texas Tech. Tuesday's game at Kansas will be the first meeting between the two schools.

ROOTING INTEREST

Monday night's crowd of 6,071 was the second largest in the history of Islanders Basketball. Interestingly, the attendance was more than the two teams drew when they played in College Station in 2003 (4,544). Just as interesting, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will now take to the road to play the foe it drew the largest crowd against, Oklahoma State, which drew 8,431 when it visited on Jan. 3, 2005.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DEMOND

Senior Demond Watt has shown throughout his career that he can be one of the top power forwards in the Southland Conference, but just as impressive is his propensity for stepping it up in big games. In one of the biggest games of his career on Monday, Watt showed up in a big way, with 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. It was his 12th career double-double, placing him in a tie for third on the Islanders' all-time list. It marked the most rebounds by an Islander player since Corey Lamkin had 18 at Air Force on Jan. 21, 2004.