JSU fights to beat Alcorn State

After being down by 12 late in the final half, the Gamecocks pulled it together and beat Alcorn State 67-65.

The Gamecocks played well overall as they made 50% of their free throws and went 42% on two-pointers made on the night. Gretchen Morrison and Destiny James led the team in shots made with five each. Morrison and Courtney Strain both had the lead in 3-pointers with two apiece.

The game started with an Alcorn State bucket. After a quick tie by the Gamecocks, ASU jumped out to an aggressive eight point lead before the Gamecocks even scored again. They held ASU at 10 and after a Morrison 3-pointer and another quick score by Chloe Long, the Gamecocks were within one.

After another tie at 15, JSU took their first lead of the night by one. They led by five before ASU scored two more bringing the score to 20-17, JSU still in the lead. The Gamecocks would miss a free throw and make another to close the first quarter with the score in their favor 21-20.

The second quarter opened with ASU moving back in on the Gamecocks by scoring another four to tie the score again at 21. The score then took a rotating turn with the two teams both being with one or two of each other.

It wasn’t until a layup by ASU’s Day Russell in which the Braves were finally able to take a three-point lead on the Gamecocks at 31-28. They managed to make it to six before JSU started taking the score back and eventually the score was tied again at 34. JSU’s Kelly Naughton made a free throw to close the half and put JSU up by one 35-34.

The second half took off with a successful layup by ASU’s Brianna Tolliver to put the Braves up 36-35. They ran with their lead and pulled the score out to six at 43-37. A 3-pointer from Naughton brought the Gamecocks within three, but ASU continued to score being out seven points twice, while the Gamecocks struggled to play catch up.

The third quarter wound to a close after JSU managed to score a layup to bring the nine point deficit back down to seven at 53-46, ASU.

The fourth quarter opened with more scoring by the Braves as the Gamecocks remained at 46. The score sat at 58-46 before JSU scored another two to cut it to 10 at 58-48. ASU pushed it back up to 12 with a score of their own.

The Gamecocks rallied after a jumper by Strain and cut their point deficit to two at 63-65 with ASU still clinging to a lead. With 34 seconds left, JSU took the lead by one thanks to a three by Briana Benson. A free throw sealed the win at 67-65.

The Gamecocks move to 2-5 with the win. Next, they play Georgia Southern away and then return home to play Tuskegee. They begin OVC play Dec. 31 against SIU Edwardsville.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Reporter

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