Nicholls Upends Islanders, 72-52

CORPUS CHRISTI - Demond Watt had a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds for the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team, but a hot second half carried Nicholls to a 72-52 win over the Islanders (8-14, 3-5 Southland) on Wednesday night. Fred Hunter scored 26 points and snared 13 rebounds for the Colonels (11-8, 5-3).

Early on, the two teams played a tight, low-scoring affair, but Nicholls was able to nail four threes in a six-minute stretch to open an eight-point advantage. The Islanders fought back, though, turning up the defensive pressure for a 6-0 run, limiting the Colonels to 0-for-3 from the field and forcing three turnovers, to trim the deficit to 24-21 with under a minute to play in the half. But the Colonels grabbed the momentum going into the break with an Anatoly Bose layup to push the lead to five.

Out of the break, though, the visitors got red-hot from the field, opening up a 22-point lead with a 22-5 run to begin the stanza. Hunter scored 12 of Nicholls' 22 points in the run. The Islanders responded when they got things going inside, delivering two points on four straight possessions from driving the lane to trim the deficit to 16.

But Nicholls was able to break the home squad's press on the other end, converting on odd-man breaks and burying a pair of wild shots just before the shot clock expired to hold the Islanders at bay.

Horace Bond scored nine points in a losing effort for the Islanders in addition to holding Nicholls' leading scorer, Anatoly Bose, to just 12 points in the game, 10 below his average. The Colonels went 8-for-21 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Islanders 32-22.

The Islanders return to action on Saturday for Homecoming against Northwestern State at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center. Call 825-BALL (2255) for tickets.