Islanders Fall to SFA, 75-68

CORPUS CHRISTI -

Four players finished in double figures, but the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team fell to Stephen F. Austin, 75-68, on Sunday at the American Bank Center. Jordan Glynn scored a career-high 26 points for the Lumberjacks in the victory.

Terence Jones led the way with 15 for the Islanders, while Justin Reynolds added 14. Demond Watt (13) and Horace Bond (10) also finished in double figures. In addition to Glynn's 26, Jereal Scott poured in 19 for the visitors.

After the two teams traded layups, Stephen F. Austin put together an 8-0 run to garner a 10-2 advantage. At that point, the squads went blow-for-blow over the next several minutes, with SFA able to maintain a 16-9 lead. After SFA scored back-to-back buckets, Jones cut into the lead with a triple from the left wing. Watt added a nice inside move and finish to cut the deficit to 20-14.

A Jawan Nelson triple made it a three-point game to push the run to 8-0, but a trey by SFA snapped it at 23-17. Jones buried another triple, this one from the right corner, to make it 23-20, but a Jordan Glynn jumper pushed it back to 25-20. SFA was able to push the lead to 31-22 with under 30 seconds to play in the half, and the Islanders played for the final shot, but Jones' three-ball ricocheted out to send it to half with that tally.

Justin Reynolds started things well in the second half, scoring the Islanders first four points, but SFA was able to counter in each instance. After a Horace Bond put-back dunk, the teams swapped three-point plays to make it 38-31. The Lumberjacks then scored back-to-back baskets, but a Reynolds triple pushed the score to 42-34. SFA then was able to mount a 6-2 run for a 12-point lead.

Watt and Reynolds converted consecutive buckets to make it 48-40, but Glynn again provided the answer with a jumper from just inside the three-point line. The teams continued to trade baskets to a 58-46 score with 7:50 to go. The Islanders then got four straight free throws from Bond to trim the deficit to eight. SFA pushed the advantage to 64-52, but a Hollis Hill triple cut it to nine, and Jones then converted a three-point play to pull it to 64-58 with 4:02. From then on, though, neither team was able to mount much of a run, and the Lumberjacks were victorious.

The Islanders return to action on Wednesday night, when UT Arlington visits the American Bank Center. The game will be senior night, as the Islanders will honor Horace Bond, Justin Reynolds, Antonio Topps and Demond Watt prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff.