- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Rashawn Thomas was 10 of 17 from the floor and made 7 of 11 free throws for 27 points as Texas A&M-;Corpus Christi pulled away late to take an 88-81 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night.

Thomas also had eight rebounds and three blocks. Ehab Amin finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Jake Kocher added 13 points for the Islanders (9-7, 2-3 Southland Conference) who remain perfect at home this season.

A&M-CC; held a 37-36 halftime advantage and led 60-56 midway through the second period. The teams traded jabs in the latter part of the second half until Amin slammed home a dunk for a 75-72 lead with 4:21 left. Kocher added a free throw and Thomas had a layup for a 78-74 lead with 2:58 remaining. Central Arkansas did not mount a late rally.

Mathieu Kamba led the Bears (4-13, 3-2), with 26 points.

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