Josie Howell, Sports Editor
The Jacksonville State Men’s basketball team fell short in Tuesday’s game against George Mason with a final score of 60-67. In this matchup, GMU outscored the Gamecocks in the paint and at the three-point line with Jax State only shooting 26 percent at the three-point line compared to George Mason’s 33 percent. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks had a total of 35 rebounds in this matchup compared to GMU’s 45 rebounds.
Sophomore guard De’Torrion Ware led the Gamecocks with 19 points, followed by Derrick Cook who also scored double digit points with 11 points total for the Gamecocks. This was both Cook’s and Ware’s highest scoring game of the season so far.
The Gamecocks found themselves in the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game with as much as a four-point lead over the Patriots. GMU then gained their first lead of the game after two successful free throws and turned the matchup into a back and forth until the end of the first half. Jax State eventually took the lead going into half-time by one point with a score of 29-28.
Coming back onto the court for the second half, GMU came back stronger than they were in the first half. Two minutes into the second half, the Patriots made a successful jump shot that gave them a lead over the Gamecocks that they would keep for the rest of the game. Jacksonville State continued to trail close behind with no more than a 9-point difference between the two teams.
The Gamecocks never lost hope and continued to try and take the game back until the clock ran out. With 5 minutes left in the game, the Patriots were only up by one point. Eventually, the game came to a close with the final score of 60-67 bringing the Gamecocks to a 2-5 record for the season so far.
“I think we’re showing signs of improvement. The difference in the game tonight was George Mason’s ability to rebound the ball offensively in the second half. We didn’t give them many second chances in the first, but we didn’t defend well in the second,” said head coach Ray Harper.
The Gamecocks will continue to play on the road this Saturday, Dec. 7 against Alabama A&M in Normal, Alabama. Tip off start at 4 p.m. Jax State will then play at home at the Pete Mathews Coliseum on Wednesday. Dec. 11 against Troy University. Tip off will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both games can be streamed on the ESPN plus app or listened to live on 91.9 WLJS or 97.9 WVOK.