Thomas Ashworth, Sports Editor
On Monday evening, the Gamecocks extended their winning streak to eight games as they took sole possession of first place in the ASUN West with a 65-60 win over the Bellarmine Knights.
With the win, JSU advances to a 13-6 overall record and an undefeated 6-0 in conference play. The Gamecocks are 9-1 in their last ten games, with their loss being a close battle with then No. 6 Alabama.
In a hard fought battle with many lead shifts and the Gamecocks down at the half, the Gamecocks prevailed in more stats than points scored. JSU led the Knights in FG%, as the Gamecocks shot 43.1% compared to Bellarmine’s 33.3%. JSU also had more rebounds (39) than Bellarmine (36), although boat teams had 13 assists.
Kayne Henry led the team with a career-best 24 points on the night, while also posting eight rebounds and two blocks. Brandon Huffman posted 12 points of his own to go along with three rebounds and a block.
After the win, JSU still has two players ranked in the top 15 in NCAA for three-point field-goal percentage. Demaree King is ranked third, shooting 49.18% while Jalen Gibbs is ranked 15th, shooting 44.92%.
The Gamecocks will try to remain undefeated as they travel to Kennesaw State on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. to take on the Owls, who are second in the ASUN East at 4-1 in conference play.