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

JSU Sportswire
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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

Green adds veteran recruiter Dean to coaching staff

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Jacksonville State men’s basketball coach James Green announced on Thursday the addition of longtime college coach and recruiter Ronnie Dean to his Gamecocks coaching staff.
Dean, a coaching veteran with more than 20 years in the college ranks who is nationally recognized as a top recruiter, replaces former assistant Tom Schuberth, who left to take a similar position at Southern Miss.

“Coach Dean has been known as a national recruiter with experience in our league,” Green said. “He is familiar with the OVC and with our program here at Jacksonville State. He will be a great addition.”

“I’m extremely happy and proud to be a part of James Green’s staff and the Gamecock Basketball family,” Dean said. “Overt the years, I have admired the way Jacksonville State plays the game and coach Green’s ability to always get the best out of his teams. I’m excited to get started and help lead JSU to the top of the OVC.”

Dean comes to JSU after working the past several years in scouting, where he served as a talent scout for Ballplayers Scouting Service. Dean was responsible for evaluating junior college players across the country and high school players in the Midwestern United States.

Prior to that, he served as head coach at Highland Community College in Shreveport, Ill., where he was named Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to a 23-10 record and a conference championship.

Dean’s experience in the OVC came prior to his stint at HCC, when he served as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State. His arrival at SEMO marked a homecoming for the Charleston, Mo., native, who followed SEMO and OVC basketball throughout his life.

Prior to Southeast Missouri, Dean was an assistant at Jacksonville University, where he worked for legendary coach Hugh Durham during the 2003-04 season.

Dean went to Jacksonville from the University of Montana, where he led the Grizzlies to 13 wins in 2002-03, including a 70-68 win over No. 15 Stanford on the Cardinal[apos]s home floor.

Prior to joining the Grizzlies staff, Dean spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Long Beach State University, where he was the 49ers’ primary recruiter and established himself as one of the top recruiters in the country. In 2002, Long Beach State’s recruiting class was ranked 31st in the nation by Basketball Times, which also ranked the 49ers’ junior college recruiting class sixth nationally.

Dean helped Long Beach State win 55 games in three seasons under head coach Wayne Morgan, including a 24-6 mark in 1999-2000 when the 49ers earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament.

Prior to his stint at Long Beach State, Dean was an assistant at Cal State Fullerton in 1997-98. He has also coached at Barton County (Kan.) Community College in 1994-95, where the Cougars went 21-10 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation during the season. Dean was tabbed the top assistant coach in the Jayhawk Conference by Basketball Times magazine.

In 1993-94, Dean served as the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College where he led the Antelopes to a win over Hutchinson Junior College, the nation’s top-ranked team at the time. He began his coaching career at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas in 1992. The Hawks finished the 1992-93 season with a 28-4 record and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during the season.

Dean is a 1990 graduate of Harris Stowe State College in St. Louis, Mo., where he earned his B.A. in elementary education. He started his playing career at Jefferson (Mo.) Junior College in 1983 before transferring to Harris Stowe in 1984, where he played one season before multiple knee injuries prematurely ended his career. He earned his degree in elementary education from Harris Stowe in 1990.

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