Men’s Basketball falls in close game to TTU

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (8-20, 4-9 Ohio Valley Conference) lost in the final seconds to Tennessee Tech (18-8, 10-3 OVC), allowing the Golden Eagles to remain perfect at home.

With seven seconds left in the contest, a three-pointer by Greg Tucker tied the game at 70. A few seconds later, a foul was called on Delfincko Bogan, and TTU was sent to the line. The Golden Eagles’ Torrance Rowe managed to make the two-critical free throws with one-second left to allow Tech’s home-court winning streak to continue, and drop JSU 72-70.

Jax State started off to a slow start on Saturday. By the time the first half reached the halfway mark, the Gamecocks were down 19-9. JSU started to wake up after that point, and brought the Golden Eagles’ lead down to one  point, 25-24, with 5:59 left in the half.

Tennessee Tech tried to extend their lead on the Gamecocks several times, but Jax State was able to keep the contest close. When the teams returned to the locker rooms for halftime, Jacksonville State was only down by two, 32-30.

Jax State was able to tie the game up at the start of the second half. Tennessee Tech’s Anthony Morse committed a foul that sent Tucker to the line. He was able to knock both attempts down and set the score at 32 for both teams.

The Golden eagles did not allow the Gamecocks to keep the tie for long, and almost immediately retook the lead. JSU never allowed TTU more than a four-point advantage, and was once again able to tie the game, this time at 38.

After Tech’s Rowe was able to sink a free throw, Tucker was able to give Jax State the lead for the first time in the game. Ahead 40-39, the Gamecocks were able to stretch the lead to six, 47-41, off of a jumper by JaQuail Townser in the paint.

Fearing that they were about to forfeit their thirteenth home win, and their perfect home record, Tennessee Tech held JSU scoreless for 2:45. Working their way back up, TTU’s Hakeem Rogers regained the lead for the Golden Eagles on a three-pointer. Tech showed Jax State why they are the top team in the OVC, bringing their lead out to 11 points twice.

The Gamecocks were able to find rhythm, and fought back against Tennessee Tech. Tech’s 65-54 point lead over Jacksonville State was soon chipped away until the Gamecocks managed to tie the game at 70 with seven-seconds left.

Tucker led JSU with a total of 32 points. He went 6-13 in field goals, 3-5 in three-point field goals and was perfect with all 11 of his free throws. Bogan went 4-7 in field goals, 3-6 in threes and caught three defensive rebounds. Townser went 4-8 in field goals, 1-4 in threes and made both of his two free throws. He also managed to grab six defensive rebounds. Jared Hamilton led the team in total rebounds.

Hamilton managed to get four offensive and defensive rebounds during the contest. Redshirt freshman Ed Jones grabbed six defensive and one offensive rebound.

JSU will travel to Nashville to face the Tigers of Tennessee State on Saturday Feb. 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Timothy Cash
Sports Reporter

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