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IUPU-Fort Wayne (1-1) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-1)



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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 15, 8:30 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: American Bank Center (8,156) -- Corpus Christi, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: IPFW 1-0, TXAM-CC 1-0. Away Record: IPFW 0-1, TXAM-CC 0-1. Neutral Record: IPFW 0-0, TXAM-CC 0-0. Conference Record: IPFW 0-0, TXAM-CC 0-0. Series Record: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi leads, 4-2.

GAME NOTES: The Islanders Basketball Tournament opens up on Friday night at the American Bank Center, as the IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons take on the host squad Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.

This round-robin style tournament also features Tennessee Tech and Texas-Pan American, with each team facing one another over the course of the weekend.

IPFW tipped off its season last Saturday afternoon with a tricky road test against Dayton, and it fought hard before losing, 81-80. The Mastodons evened their record to 1-1 after their home-opening win over Indiana-Kokomo on Monday (90-62) in the preliminary round of this event.

As for TXA&M-CC, it is also sitting at 1-1 on the young season. The Islanders too defeated an inferior foe in the preliminary round by trouncing Huston- Tillotson last Friday, 79-45, but then they stepped outside the early-season event to take on Iowa State on the road on Tuesday, and were handed a humbling 80-50 setback.

TXA&M-CC has a 4-2 advantage over IPFW in the all-time series.

The Mastodons did what was expected of them against Indiana-Kokomo earlier in the week, as they shot a lofty 58.7 percent from the field en route to a 28- point victory. Pacing four teammates in double figures was Joe Reed, who was nearly flawless off the bench with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field while also grabbing eight rebounds. Michael Kibiloski was efficient from the floor (7-of-11) for his 20 points, Steve Forbes netted 14 points, Joe Edwards added 10, and Pierre Bland got his teammates involved with eight assists. Scoring points has not been a problem for IPFW, as it is making nearly 51 percent of its field goal attempts for 85.0 ppg. Forbes, Reed and Kibiloski are all averaging at least 14.5 points per game, while the first two are each draining their shots at greater than 72 percent. Bland (11.5 ppg, 5.5 apg) and Mo Evans (10.5 ppg) have also been actively involved in the early going.

The Islanders found themselves out of their element in their latest contest at Iowa State, as they were overmatched both in size and athleticism. They shot just 28.6 percent from the floor in the 30-point loss, while allowing the Cyclones to drain nearly 53 percent of their attempts. One of the few bright spots for TXA&M-CC in the setback was Jeff Beverly, who tallied 14 points and eight rebounds while shooting an impressive 3-of-5 from 3-point range. John Jordan wasn't successful from the field (4-of-14), but he still finished with a solid line of 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. After one strong showing and one poor outing, the Islanders sit at 64.5 points per game, which is more than they're allowing to opponents (62.5 ppg). Jordan (16.0 ppg, 5.0 apg) expects to be the go-to option all season long, and his production will improve if his field goal percentage (.348) is able to creep up. Beverly (10.5 ppg) and Zane Knowles (9.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg) are mainstays in the starting lineup.

Despite TXA&M-CC serving as tourney host, the Mastodons are the more talented team and should be able to use their athleticism to lift them to a solid victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: IUPU-Fort Wayne 74, Texas A&M-CC 67

11/15 10:32:46 ET

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