January 06, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Brandon Pye scored 23 points and made seven 3-pointers - both career highs - and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Central Arkansas 94-82 Tuesday night.

Hameed Ali scored 20 points with a career-high five 3s, Joe Kilgore added 13, and Rashawn Thomas 12 for the Islanders (10-3, 1-0 Southland). It's their best start after 13 games in program history.

Leading by two at halftime, Ali hit three 3s in a 14-3 run and the Islanders pulled away 59-47, then led by 20 after Pye hit consecutive 3s.

The Islanders made 14 of 31 from long distance (45 percent) as they tied a season-high with 94 points.

Jordan Howard scored 36 points with six 3s, both career highs, and hit 10 of 10 free throws for his 39th double-figure game for the Bears (1-11, 0-2), who lost their eighth straight game.

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