March 3, 2011

Seniors Lead Way in 95-83 Win over UT Arlington

CORPUS CHRISTI -

In their final home game, the four members of the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team's senior class scored 60 of the Islanders' 95 points in a 95-83 victory over UT Arlington on Wednesday night. Justin Reynolds scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 boards in the victory.

Along with Reynolds' 26, Demond Watt added 14 and Antonio Topps had 12 to lead five players in double figures. Garland Judkins had 14 points and Terence Jones added a double-double with 10 points and a career-best 10 assists for the Islanders. Senior Horace Bond added eight points before fouling out late in the game. LaMarcus Reed had 27 in a losing effort for the Mavericks.

Early on, Justin Reynolds made back-to-back threes, giving the Islanders an early 6-3 lead over the Mavericks. Reynolds also scored eight of the team's first 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting in the first five minutes of the game.

Trailing by as many as four at the 13:49 mark, the Islanders took a five-point lead with threes by Jones and Judkins putting the home team up 25-20 with under 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was firing on all cylinders, hitting 58 percent from the field early in the contest.

The Islanders led by as many as 14 points behind Reynolds and Judkins knocking down consecutive shots late in the first half. Reed poured in a three pointer for UTA as time expired in the half to make the score 41-30 in favor of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

Early in the second half, UTA trimmed the lead to nine points at 48-39 after a Jordan Reves jumper, but the Islanders then went on a 16-4 run to balloon the lead to 21, as Topps hit consecutive threes to cap off the rally. After UTA cut into the deficit, Jawan Nelson hit a running hook in the lane with 8:15 left growing the lead to 73-53.

UTA slowly chipped away at the Islanders' advantage, pulling to within 13 at 86-73 at 3:44. But the Islanders were able to hit their free throws down the stretch and pushed the final score to 95-83. The 95 points were the highest for the Islanders since scoring 98 against Northwestern State on Jan. 16, 2010.

The Islanders are back in action on Saturday, March 5, as they travel to Conway, Ark., for a matchup with Central Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. in the season finale for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.