Islanders Rally Falls Short Against #25 Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, TexasMyron Dempsey led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds, but the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's basketball team saw its second-half rally fall short, as No. 25 Texas A&M defeated the Islanders 56-43 on Saturday. The Islanders pulled as close as six in the closing minutes on a 14-0 run in the loss.

The Islanders forced 18 Texas A&M turnovers and won the battle of the boards, 39-37 in the loss. Dempsey added three steals, while Johnathan Jordan led the team with four assists and had two steals as well. Elston Turner led the Aggies with 14 points, while Ray Turner added 13 and Jordan Green had 10.

 

The Aggies came out red-hot shooting from the field, burying six of their first eight shots to jump out to a 16-4 lead. Jordan snapped the cold string for the Islanders with a jumper and the Islanders clamped down defensively, holding the Aggies without a field goal for a span of 6:22. But after a 5-0 A&M run made it 21-8, Jordan again snapped the skid with a leaning jumper in the lane to trim the deficit to 11.

The teams went back-and-forth for the remainder of the half, with Texas A&M able to push the lead to 30-16 at the break. The main difference proved to be outside shooting, as the Aggies were 5-for-8 from downtown and the Islanders were without a basket in 10 attempts.
The Islanders came strong out of the locker room, chipping away at the Texas A&M lead to make it 37-25 at the 15:37 mark. Dempsey scored the first seven points of the half for the visitors, while Jordan Pope-Didier added a put-back to trim it to 12. But Elston Turner provided the bounce-back for the Aggies, burying a three and driving the lane for five straight points to push the advantage to 42-25 in favor of the home squad. A Kourtney Roberson three-point play made it an 8-0 run to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game at 45-25.

But that's when Texas A&M – Corpus Christi went on its big run, rolling off 14 straight points, including three straight buckets from long distance to trim the deficit to just six. Dempsey started the rally with a putback, then Hameed Ali scored six straight points, including the Islanders' first triple of the game, to make it 45-33. Then fellow freshmen Jordan and Jake Kocher each drilled threes, and suddenly the visitors were within six as the Aggies took a time out.

A&M got off the schneid with Ray Turner scoring all eight points in an 8-1 run. He got a putback to make it 47-39, then a free throw put it at a nine-point Aggie lead. He added another bucket down low to push the advantage back to double digits. Then, after a Jones free throw, the Houston native converted a three-point play for a 53-40 Aggie lead. The Islanders were able to get as close as 11, but the Aggies held on for the victory.

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi is back in action on Thursday, Dec. 1, when they take on Texas Tech at the American Bank Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. between the Islanders and Red Raiders. For tickets, call 825-BALL or visit GoIslanders.com.

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