Tag: Jamal Hunter

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

Late comeback falls short for Jacksonville State Men’s Basketball

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (8-12, 1-5 OVC) fell 55-52 to the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (11-6, 3-1 OVC) on Saturday in Martin, Tenn.

Avery Moore led the Gamecocks with 17 points. Jamal Hunter led the team with six rebounds, while JaQuail Townser led with three assist.

Coming into the matchup, JSU was averaging 63 points per game and a .369 field goal percentage, while UTM was averaging 71 points per game with a .462 field goal percentage.

UT Martin struck first with 1:23 into the contest. Moore scored first for the Gamecocks with a shot from beyond the arch that was good for three. Another shot by D.J. Felder lifted the Gamecocks to a 5-4 lead.

Unfortunately, JSU did not hold the lead for long. The Skyhawks would go on a 7-for-7 field goal completion run that would produce 14 points. JSU went 2-for-8 during the same four minutes before Moore hit another three-pointer.

UTM would maintain a comfortable 10-12 point lead over the Gamecocks for the remainder of the first period.

The first half saw four lead changes. Jacksonville State lead for 45 seconds. The Gamecocks went 9-for-30 and 4-for-10 from three-point land. UT Martin went 14-for-25, 4-for-6 from behind the arch, and lead for 17:55.

JSU did not score first in the second half, but they scored seven points in the first five minutes. However, the Skyhawks scored 15 and extended the lead to 49-32 with 13 minutes left in the conference contest.

Things started looking up for the Gamecocks at the 13-minute mark. They went on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes that brought JSU within 11 points of the Skyhawks.

JSU would go on a 12-0 run within the last eight minutes that allowed them to tie UT Martin. However, the Skyhawks would squeak by the Gamecocks with a score that was only three points better.

JSU improved greatly in the second half. They were able to bring their shooting percentage to 36 percent, while UT Martin’s fell to 50 percent.

The Gamecocks return home on Thursday, Jan. 22, when they take on Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m. 

Timothy Cash
Staff Writer

Jax State Men’s Basketball still unbeaten at home with win over Austin Peay

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JSU Sportswire

The JSU Men’s Basketball team remain undefeated at home as they defeated Austin Peay 71-59.

D.J. Felder scored a career-high 18 points in the win. Darion Rackley had a team-high 26 points and eight rebounds. Dontay Jackson passed for seven assists in a career-high. On the defensive side, Jamal Hunter impressed with four steals and four blocks.

JSU field goal percentage was 41 percent and they shot 90 percent from free-throws.

The Gamecocks previously lost their last five games, so this was a big win for head coach James Green.

“I’m pleased with how we’ve taking care of business coming off those loses,” said coach Green in the post-game interview.

“To come back and have enough confidence to get off to the early start and shoot the ball the way we did was really good.”

JSU started strong with an 8-0 run. The Gamecocks found their first double-digit lead when Felder hit a jumper to put JSU up 18-7. JSU continued to control the first half and was up 41-28 at halftime. Felder led with 16 points in the half and Rackley posted 10. The Gamecocks shot 55 percent from the field in the first half.

It was in the second half when JSU reached their largest lead of the game which was 20. However, Austin Peay did make a run and came within five points with 6:15 left in the game. After a Rackley dunk, the Gamecocks regained momentum and control to seal the victory.

The Gamecocks are now 8-9 overall and 1-2 in the OVC.  The Gamecocks have a perfect 7-0 record at home, but an upsetting 1-9 record on the road.

“I think our guys play off our people here. Eventually we gotta figure out a way to win on the road too,” Green said.

Well, Coach Green and the Gamecocks can wait on the road trip as they get ready to play another home game this Sunday against Murray State. The OVC matchup is scheduled for tip-off at 5 p.m. at Pete Mathews Coliseum and televised by CBS Sports Network.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor