Texas State Edges Islanders, 66-61
Four players finished in double figures, but the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team found itself on the wrong end of a 66-61 score against Texas State on Tuesday night at the American Bank Center. Justin Reynolds led the Islanders with 16 points and seven boards in the loss.
The big difference in the game came at the foul line, where the Bobcats went 27-for-32 (84.4 percent) as compared to the Islanders' 15-for-22 performance. Ryan White went 12-for-12 at the line as part of his 21 points, while Cameron Johnson added 21 (nine at the line) as well.
For the Islanders, Demond Watt (10), Garland Judkins (10) and Chris Mast (10) all finished in double figures. The home squad had five different players finish with at least six boards in the game, while Judkins had a career-best six assists.
The Bobcats got out to a 4-1 lead, but the Islanders countered with a 12-3 rally with successful drives to the basket. Jaamon Echols drove inside and dished to Jawan Nelson for two and Judkins found Watt for another layin during the run. But Texas State rebounded with a 15-1 run of its own to gain a 22-14 advantage.
Mast then went on a 5-0 run by himself to trim the deficit to three. Mast got a layin his first time down the court, then got an offensive rebound and finished a three-point play to make it 22-19 Bobcats. The teams traded points to a 24-22 TXST advantage, and the half ended with that score after Mast's last-second layup rolled out.
The Bobcats came out of the locker room on a 9-2 run, but the Islanders got back-to-back inside buckets from Terence Jones and Watt to make it 33-28. The two squads battled bucket-for-bucket through a Reynolds triple that trimmed the deficit to 40-36 with 12:00 remaining. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi then got more inside action, with layups from Mast and Reynolds to tie the score.
Texas State broke the run with a Cameron Johnson layin, and after two Bobcat free throws, Watt had a brilliant tip-in of an Antonio Topps miss to make it 44-42 in favor of the visitors. The teams traded points to 46-44, then Texas State scored four straight points to garner a six-point edge. A Reynolds trey cut the deficit in half, but White got a fast-break layup to push it to 52-47. After the play, though, the Bobcats were called for a delay of game technical foul after batting the ball away, and Judkins hit both free throws for a 52-49 TXST lead.
The Bobcats were able to use their propensity at the line to build a 56-51 advantage, then got an inside basket to make it 58-51 with 1:58 left. From there on, it became a battle at the line, and the Islanders found themselves down seven with 22 seconds left. The home squad got a layup from Judkins, then a steal-and-layin by Hollis Hill to get within three, but White hit two shots at the line to result in the final score.
The Islanders hit the road once again this weekend, as they head to Beaumont, Texas, for a matchup with Lamar. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at Montagne Center.