JSU Men blow second half lead to lose 45-43 to TSU

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks men’s basketball (9-15, 2-8 OVC) traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to take on the Tennessee State Tigers (5-18, 2-6 OVC) Saturday night that resulted in a 45-43 Gamecock loss.

Darion Rackley led the gamecocks with 16 points, while D.J. Felder matched a career best 13 rebounds.

Jacksonville State looked to rebound from two consecutive losses Saturday night as they traveled to Music City, USA to face Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State. Road games have not been kind to the Gamecocks this season, going 1-12 when playing away from Pete Mathews Coliseum, with their one-lone win coming over in-state rival Alabama A&M back on November 25. Jacksonville State is 0-5 against the OVC while on the road.

The Gamecocks were able to keep the contest close in the first half, taking the score of 22-19 into the locker rooms for halftime.

The second half started in Jacksonville’s favor, too. The Gamecocks were able to go on an impressive 12-2 scoring run that brought the lead to 15 and the score to 36-21. Nine of Rackley’s 16 points came during this half.

However, misery would ensue for the Gamecocks. The Tigers decided to change their defensive strategy; and it would work, too. The Gamecocks were only able to score two points over the next nine-and-a-half minutes. Meanwhile, Tennessee State was able to start chipping away at the deficit and scored 19 points over the same span.

With 4:45 left to play, TSU reclaimed the lead. This was their first lead since the 13:40 mark of the first half. Five points would be the greatest lead that the Tigers would hold during the contest, but Jacksonville State was able to bring the score back to within two points by the time the final buzzer blew.

The Gamecocks will travel to Memphis, Tenn. on February 4 to take on the Memphis Tigers in the third game of their four game road stretch.

Timothy Cash
Staff Writer

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