Jayhawks Too Much for Islanders
The Islanders (1-4) became the first team to have a two-point lead on the Jayhawks (4-0) this season when Justin Reynolds' offensive rebound and layup gave the visitors a 2-0 lead. After KU scored the next two baskets, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi got another set of second chance points as Demond Watt laid it home to tie the score 4-4 at the under-16 timeout. But Kansas buckled down defensively and went on a 13-2 run to build a 17-6 lead halfway through the opening stanza.
The Islanders stemmed the tide for the next few minutes, scoring five points to Kansas' six to make it 23-11, but the hot shooting for the Jayhawks continued. The home squad embarked on an 18-2 run to build up a 39-13 edge before a Watt bucket stopped the rally. Kansas buried 18 of its first 24 shots from the floor and scored 28 of its first 39 points in the paint. The Jayhawks went to the locker room with a 42-17 advantage with Watt hitting the Islanders' final two shots of the half.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi came out of the locker room poised, and scored the first five points of the second half to cut into the KU lead. But the Jayhawks recovered and the Islanders shooting went cold, as Kansas built up a 60-22 lead.
The Islanders responded, though, posting an 11-7 run featuring five points from Reynolds and a triple from Jaamon Echols. Echols, Reynolds and Watt tied for the team lead with seven points apiece. Ted Wang scored his first career basket in the closing minutes for the Islanders as well.
The win gave Kansas its school-record 63rd straight win at home, currently the longest streak in the nation. Only two regulars in the Jayhawks lineup have ever lost a game at home.
The Islanders now head to the City of Lights for the final two rounds of the iBN Las Vegas Invitational. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will square off with Bethune-Cookman on Friday, Nov. 26, at 11:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. CT in the opening game at the Orleans Arena. The Islanders will then take on either Valparaiso or Northern Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 27, with the time to be determined. Live video of both games will be available at http://www.ibnsports.com/lvi.aspx.