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Despite Hunter’s record-breaking performance, Gamecocks lose final game of season

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks fell for the second game in a row at Morehead State Saturday with an 87-55 loss to the Eagles. The loss dropped the Gamecocks to 12-19 overall and 5-11 in conference play. It was the regular season finale for the Jacksonville State men.

Jamal Hunter set a school-record with nine blocked shots in the game. He broke his previous record which was seven.

Avery Moore led all scorers for the Gamecocks with 19 points. Darion Rackley had 12, while D.J. Felder contributed 10. Rackley also added two blocks in his performance.

Moore started the day off with a three for the Gamecocks as they took an early 3-0 lead at the 19:43 mark of the first half. Morehead State got on the board with a layup with 18:48 left. Both teams continued to swap baskets until the Eagles took the lead for good with 11:23 left to play in the first half 15-14.

The lead went as high as 13 points for Morehead State. The half ended with a three point basket from Felder for the Gamecocks to make it a 41-31 lead for the Eagles heading in the locker room.

Moore started the second half just like he did the first half for the Gamecocks. With 18:49 remaining, he cut the lead down to 7 with a three making it 41-34. Both teams  then exchanged baskets.

The Eagles went on a 15 point run increasing their lead to 58-36 with 14:36 left in the game.

Jacksonville State finally got back on the board after a scoring drought with a layup by Rackley at the 13:22 mark making it 58-38. Both teams would continue to go back and forth with baskets.

The Gamecocks ended the day with two free throws from Randall Smith, however that was not enough as the Gamecocks lost 87-55.

The Gamecocks will not participate in the OVC tournament.

Chris Hubbard
Staff Writer

Men’s Basketball wins last home game of season

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JSU Sportswire

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.

Chris Hubbard
Staff Writer

Gamecocks all-around-play leads to victory over Tennessee Tech

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JSU Sportswire

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks defeated Tennessee Tech on Valentines night, 82-68. With the win, the Gamecocks improved to 11-17 overall and 4-9 in OVC play. The Golden Eagles dropped to 12-14 overall and 4-9 in OVC play.

Darion Rackley led all scorers for the Gamecocks with 24 points. Both Malcolm Drumwright and Jamal Hunter had 15 points each. Avery Moore had 14 while D.J. Felder rounded off with 10 points of his own. Joe Kuligoski got on the board as well with four points. Hunter collected a block while Felder had two.

Jacksonville State started off the scoring at the 19:35 mark with a basket by Hunter. The Gamecocks increased their lead to three with a free throw by Rackley. Tennessee Tech finally got on the board with 16:36 left in the half to make the score 3-2. The Gamecocks increased their lead to 9-4 before both teams exchanged baskets.

The Golden Eagles took the lead for the first time with 10:58 remaining in the first half, 10-9. Both teams swapped baskets before Tennessee Tech took a 6 point lead, 19-13. The Gamecocks cut at the lead until the 5:29 mark when Felder sank a 3-point basket to make the lead 23-21. After the Golden Eagles tied the game at 23, the Gamecocks took the lead for good. Jacksonville State went into the locker room at the half with a comfortable 36-26 lead.

The Gamecocks started the second half with a layup by Felder to increase their lead to 38-26. Both teams would continue to exchange baskets until Jacksonville State took a commanding 62-46 lead with a basket by Drumwright with 6:44 left to play. Tennessee Tech would not get any closer than 11 points.

Just like he did starting the game off with a basket, Hunter ended the night with the final points to make the final score 82-68.

The Gamecocks host Tennessee State on Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Chris Hubbard
Staff Writer

JSU Men blow second half lead to lose 45-43 to TSU

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks men’s basketball (9-15, 2-8 OVC) traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to take on the Tennessee State Tigers (5-18, 2-6 OVC) Saturday night that resulted in a 45-43 Gamecock loss.

Darion Rackley led the gamecocks with 16 points, while D.J. Felder matched a career best 13 rebounds.

Jacksonville State looked to rebound from two consecutive losses Saturday night as they traveled to Music City, USA to face Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State. Road games have not been kind to the Gamecocks this season, going 1-12 when playing away from Pete Mathews Coliseum, with their one-lone win coming over in-state rival Alabama A&M back on November 25. Jacksonville State is 0-5 against the OVC while on the road.

The Gamecocks were able to keep the contest close in the first half, taking the score of 22-19 into the locker rooms for halftime.

The second half started in Jacksonville’s favor, too. The Gamecocks were able to go on an impressive 12-2 scoring run that brought the lead to 15 and the score to 36-21. Nine of Rackley’s 16 points came during this half.

However, misery would ensue for the Gamecocks. The Tigers decided to change their defensive strategy; and it would work, too. The Gamecocks were only able to score two points over the next nine-and-a-half minutes. Meanwhile, Tennessee State was able to start chipping away at the deficit and scored 19 points over the same span.

With 4:45 left to play, TSU reclaimed the lead. This was their first lead since the 13:40 mark of the first half. Five points would be the greatest lead that the Tigers would hold during the contest, but Jacksonville State was able to bring the score back to within two points by the time the final buzzer blew.

The Gamecocks will travel to Memphis, Tenn. on February 4 to take on the Memphis Tigers in the third game of their four game road stretch.

Timothy Cash
Staff Writer

JSU Men fall to Eagles in last seconds

After a hard fought run to tie an otherwise Morehead State led game, JSU dropped the final points and came out with a 66-63 loss.

The Gamecocks struggled all night to keep up with the Eagles who were dominant in scoring for most of the night.

The first half saw them make 9 of 12 three-point shots and be 10 of 19 for field goals. While the Gamecocks were only 2 of 8 on three-point attempts and 7 of 20 for field goals, they still managed to stay within a reasonable distance as the first half ended.

Morehead State came out with the first shots and took the early lead on the Gamecocks. It would be nearly five minutes in before JSU would score their first points of the night to attempt to stop an already advancing Morehead State lead.

JSU made it within one before the Eagles started to make their climb toward their half-high lead of 12. It was on Corban Collins’ good three-pointer that MSU made it out to 32 with JSU behind them at 20. In the final two minutes of the half, the game seemed to go back and forth before JSU finally got within five with the help of a free throw by Darion Rackley. However, it took only four seconds more for MSU’s Collins to hit yet another three-pointer to close the half with Morehead State up by eight.

The second half saw JSU open relatively strong against the Eagles. The Gamecocks were able to stay within seven until around the 15 minute-mark when MSU pushed their lead out to eight. However, Avery Moore came out and hit JSU’s only good three-pointer of the second half and brought MSU’s lead back down to five.

The score would stay within the confines of MSU’s eight point lead until 3:12 when a layup by Rackley brought JSU the closest they had been to MSU all evening, within two.

Morehead State managed to push their lead back up to four before a steal and layup by Malcolm Drumwright gave JSU the tie they had been playing so hard for. With 20 seconds remaining MSU had the lead by one and, after a free throw to push the lead back out to two, they gave the ball back to the Gamecocks.

Drumwright’s free throw broke the lead down to one with 11 seconds left. However, it would also be on Drumwright’s foul that MSU would be handed the ball for two free-throws that would ultimately end the game. On a last second attempt at a tie, JaQuail Townser would try a three-point shot that would fall empty and close the game with the score 66-63, Morehead State.

The Gamecocks were 18 of 46 for field goals in the second half and 24 of 28 for free throws in the game. Rackley had the team high 16 points with D.J. Felder behind with 14 of his own.

The Gamecocks move to 9-13 overall and will play Belmont on Jan. 29.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer