The Jacksonville State Men’s Basketball team improved their winning streak to three games on Saturday with a 55-50 win over the Tennessee State Tigers.
The win improved the Gamecocks to 12-17 overall, 5-9 in OVC play and 11-3 at home. The Tigers dropped to 5-23 overall and 2-11 in the conference.
D.J. Felder led all scorers for the Gamecocks with 15 points. Jamal Hunter had 13, while Darion Rackley and Avery Moore contributed eight points each.
Jacksonville State started off the evening on a 5-0 run before Tennessee State got on the board with a three making it 5-3 with 18:35 left in the first half. The Tigers would tie the contest 5-5 before both teams would exchange baskets. With 15:38 to go in the first half, Moore sank a three for the Gamecocks to take a 10-7 advantage.
Both teams would continue to swap baskets before the Tigers would go on a run to eventually take the 22-20 lead with 6:29 to go in the first half. Jacksonville State ended the half on a 4-0 run to take the lead into the half, 28-27.
The second half scoring was started off by Felder for the Gamecocks as he hit two free throws with 19:22 remaining in the game to give the Gamecocks a 30-27 lead. The Gamecocks increased their lead to 32-27 before the Tigers began to make a push. Jacksonville State increased their lead to 37-31 with 15:51 remaining.
Tennessee State would go on another run to tie the game 37-37 with 12:54 left. Both teams would continue to exchange baskets until Jacksonville State took the lead for good with a free throw by Malcolm Drumwright at the 1:47 mark. The Gamecocks would go on to take a 55-50 victory.
The Gamecocks will take their three game winning streak on the road at Eastern Kentucky this Thursday. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.