Texas A&amp,M-Corpus Christi 78, Texas-San Antonio 66

Kevin Palmer scored 26 points, including 18 in the second half,

and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defeated UTSA 78-66 in the first

round of the Southland Conference tournament Wednesday.

LaMarr Drake and Shamar Coombs each added 11 points for the

third-seeded Islanders (17-14), who will play No. 2 seed Stephen F.

Austin in the semifinals Thursday. Justin Reynolds had 10 points

and nine rebounds.

Morris Smith IV finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead

the sixth-seeded Roadrunners (19-11). Omar Johnson scored 13 points

and Terry Fields added 10.

After trailing 41-31 at halftime, the Islanders went on a 14-0

run that gave them a 52-47 lead with nine minutes remaining.

Corpus Christi outscored UTSA 44-24 in the paint.