CORPUS CHRISTI - In front of a crowd of 6,071 - the second largest in school history - the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team (1-1) found itself on the losing end of an 86-65 contest against Texas A&M (2-0) on Monday night. Terence Jones matched a career high with 16 points in the loss, while Demond Watt had his first double-double of the season with 21 points and a career-best 16 rebounds.
B.J. Holmes scored 13 points to go along with seven assists and seven steals for the Aggies, while Kourtney Roberson added 14 points and five boards off the bench. Khris Middleton netted 14 points and Naji Hibbert had 12 more off the bench in the victory. Garland Judkins had nine points and three assists for the Islanders.
The Aggies got off to a strong start defensively, jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the early going. But the Islanders rallied, with Jones converting an acrobatic three-point play around the under-16 timeout to trim it to a 9-5 deficit. The Aggies and Islanders traded runs over the next few minutes, with Texas A&M posting a 13-8 lead. But the visitors strung together a 10-0 run to open up the first big lead of the contest.
Still, the Islanders refused to go quietly, putting up a 6-0 run with four points coming on layups by Watt to cut into A&M's advantage. But for every Islanders rally, the Aggies had one of their own at hand, and the visitors went to the locker room with a 43-22 advantage.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi kept right on top of the Aggies out of the break, parrying every Aggie offensive with an effort of their own. Hollis Hill and Antonio Topps each drilled big threes, and the Islanders got a pair of inside layups after turnovers - one from Watt and one from Jawan Nelson, to keep the deficit at 66-46 with 8:14 to play.
The Islanders are back in action on Wednesday night, when they travel to Stillwater, Okla., for a contest at Oklahoma State. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. between the Cowboys and Islanders.