In the 19th meeting between the two teams, Murray State (12-4, 3-0 OVC) defeated Jacksonville State (8-10, 1-3 OVC) 84-57. Murray State now leads the head-to-head series 18-1.
Darion Rackley led JSU with a career high 28 points, shooting 13/14 from the free-throw line. D.J. Felder was the only other player for JSU in double-digits. Felder rounded off with 10 points.
Jarvis Williams as the high man for Murray State with 25 points. Cameron Payne and Jeffery Moss were the other two players for the Racers in double-digits with Payne scoring 21 and Moss scoring 15. Williams also had a big rebounding game pulling down 11 rebounds with Jonathan Fairell.
Murray State shot 53 percent for field goals to Jacksonville State’s 31 percent.
Points in the paint played a big role in the Murray State win. Murray State scored 38 points in the paint to Jacksonville State’s 16.
The Racers opened with two three-pointers in their 12-2 run. Jacksonville State capitalized and was only down by three when Rackley shot a three to make the score 19-16 with 11:23 left in the first half. JSU stayed close for as long as they could until Murray State began to pull away.
Murray State went on a 7-0 run to go up 34-24 with 3:50 left in the half. By the end of the half, Murray State was up 43-30.
The second half only continued to favor Murray State as they extended their lead to the largest at 35 with 7:25 left in the game. Jacksonville State continued their troubles with shooting and just couldn’t make a comeback.
JSU was out-rebounded 49-26 in the game and shot 21 percent from three-point range.
This loss marks JSU first home loss of the season.
The Gamecocks will have a chance to redeem their home loss when they play Southeast Missouri at 8 p.m. on Jan. 14 at Pete Mathews Coliseum.