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JSU defeats Tech to finish season

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Tyler ‘Cocoa’ Phelion tallied 20 points and eight rebounds in the Gamecock win over TTU. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Logan Arnwine, Staff Sports Reporter

The chase for the NCAA Tournament has officially begun for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

Jacksonville State University (18-11, 12-6 OVC) defeated Tennessee Tech 73-59 Saturday, Feb. 24 in their last game of the regular season, earning the fourth seed in the OVC tournament.

JSU finished the first half off a three by the freshman guard, Taylor Hawks to seal a 14-point lead, 39-25 going into the third quarter. This would be Taylor Hawks’ thirteenth point in the first half alone when on average she scores 8.6 points throughout an entire game.

Tennessee Tech struggled to keep the ball in their own hands, allowing themselves to turn the ball over 11 times in the first half, compared to Jacksonville State’s five.

With 6:18 left in the final quarter, the Golden Eagles cut the lead to seven from a layup by Kentoria Alexander.

As soon as Tennessee Tech seemed to get into a rhythm and ride momentum for a comeback, the Gamecock defense stepped up. For the next 3:15 the Golden Eagles did not score another point thanks to the swarming Gamecock defense protecting the paint and forcing two turnovers.

In that time frame, the Gamecocks built back up a 13-point lead and did not slow down from there. In the final three minutes of their final game of the regular season, Jacksonville State scored on 10 out of 12 free throws to solidify a victory in the opponent’s arena.

The Gamecocks won with balanced scoring by having seven players with at least five points.

Tyler Phelion finished as the team’s leading scorer with a season-high 20 points while also putting up eight boards and two blocks.

Taylor Hawks scored 15 points along with an impactful three steals in 30 minutes of playing time.

The greatest difference between the two teams came in the form of points off turnovers, where the Gamecocks scored 28 points off 21 turnovers, while Tennessee Tech scored just nine points off only 11 turnovers.

The Jacksonville State bench also outscored the Golden Eagles by a total of 14 points, 25-11.

Jacksonville State finishes the season as the fourth-ranked team in the Ohio Valley Conference with a conference record of 12-6, a school record for conference victories since moving to Division I.

In the upcoming OVC tournament, Jacksonville State will play fifth-seeded Morehead State (21-10, 12-6 OVC).

JSU defeated Morehead State in each of their matchups in the season, 70-64 and 65-67, respectively. In both competitions, JSU’s bench outscored Morehead State’s bench by a large margin. Morehead State is coming off a victory against Eastern Kentucky 62-51.

This matchup in the OVC championship tournament will be played Thursday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. in Evansville, Indiana. It can be watched on ESPN3 or the OVC Digital Network.

The winner will move on to face go the winner of the game between first-seeded Belmont (18-0 OVC) and eighth-ranked Murray State (7-11 OVC).

JSU falls to Peay for third straight loss

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Freshman Cam Martin scored a career-high 18 points in the Gamecocks’ loss to Austin Peay (Katy Nowak/JSU)

Logan Arnwine, Staff Sports Reporter

Jacksonville State fell once again to Austin Peay Feb. 17, 57-60 in Clarksville, Tennessee, marking their third straight loss.

Before these three defeats, Jacksonville State (18-11, 9-7 OVC) had not lost back to back games yet this season.

In each loss, the Gamecocks lost both the turnover and three-point shooting battles with their opponents, most notably with 19 turnovers against Tennessee State and shooting 1-11 from three against Murray State.

In the last meeting between Jacksonville State and Austin Peay, the Governors defeated the Gamecocks 87-67, Jan. 13.

JSU struggled to defend against Austin Peay’s offense in their first matchup. This time, Jacksonville State held the Governors to 60 points, 27 less than before, but the Gamecock couldn’t put them over the top.

Austin Peay opened up with a quick lead of 19-4 and continued the pressure to close out the first half with a ten-point lead, 21-31.

After a missed three by Jamall Gregory, the Governors’ Tre Ivory hit a huge three off of the assist from Zach Glotta on the other end to finish the first half and carry momentum into the second.

Austin Peay’s defensive prowess forced a devastating seven turnovers for the Gamecocks in the second half, cutting potential game-changing runs short.

Neither side excelled in three-point shooting on Saturday, but what separated the two teams was the free throw shooting in the second half.

The Gamecocks shot 50% from the free throw line while the Governors shot 70%. Jacksonville State left the opening for Austin Peay to pull away with the victory by leaving points on the board.

In the final two minutes, the Gamecocks’ Malcolm Drumwright, Christian Cunningham, and Cam Martin all missed a free throw a piece that could have tied the game at 60.

With eight seconds remaining, Austin Peay’s Zach Glotta missed one of two free throws to give Jacksonville State one last chance to force overtime with a three-pointer.

With the final shot and three seconds remaining, Junior Forward, Jason Burnell missed the game-tying three.

Dayton Gumm pulled down the game-sealing defensive rebound to end the Gamecocks comeback hopes and complete Austin Peay’s victory, 60-57.

Jacksonville state played well in the paint, scoring 32 points in the post out of their 57 total points, compared to Austin Peay’s 20.

Cam Martin scored 18 points, along with 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and his collegiate career

Veteran guard, Malcolm Drumwright played all 40 minutes of the game while putting up 10 points, making this the sixth time of the season that he has played at least 40 minutes in a game.

Marlon Hunter also scored 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting.

Jacksonville State will play Belmont on Super Hero night, Feb. 22 at home on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

Belmont is coming off a 108-65 victory over Morehead State. The Bruins have won three straight and 11 out of their last 12 games,  putting them at 22-7 overall and 14-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.



Gamecock soccer falls late to Belmont

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Claire Petersen scored the Gamecocks’ lone goal in Sunday’s loss to Belmont. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Logan Arnwine, Chanticleer Sports Reporter

The Belmont Bruins instantly set the pace of the game by applying pressure on the Gamecocks early on, which they carried to a 4-1 victory over Jacksonville State on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Nashville, Tenn.

Coming off their first conference victory against Austin Peay, the Gamecocks hoped to carry over any momentum into Belmont, but from the opening kick, the Bruins had other ideas.

In the first 20:06 of play, Belmont attempted seven shots on JSU’s senior goalkeeper, Caroline Robinson.

Robinson protected her team’s goal by applying heavy pressure on three shots, forcing them off target and saving another three.

The seventh and final shot found its way into the back of the net, thanks to a well-placed corner kick from Belmont’s senior forward Belicia Mendiola to junior midfielder Julie Boozer, who pushed the ball past the defense.

In the same amount of time, JSU attempted two shots, with neither able to tally the scoreboard.

Four shots were taken the rest of the half between the two teams: two by JSU and two by Belmont.

JSU received a penalty kick off a handball in the box from the corner.

This lined up junior midfielder, Claire Petersen to score on the PK to tie the contest 1-1 going into halftime.

Out of the half, Belmont set up a flurry of shot attempts by kicking eight unanswered by 16:23 into the second half.

Although not one of them ended in a goal, the eagerness for Belmont to score was rising.

Then, at 79:30 the Bruins finally kicked in a goal that would completely change the atmosphere of the game from a surprising nail biter to a downhill battle against the Gamecocks.

Belmont would then score two more goals to close out the match and win 4-1 at their well-respected home field, Rose Park.

What killed Jacksonville State was the shot comparison.

JSU had a total of six shots on the contest and only one in the second half, whereas, Belmont had 27 total and 18 in the second.

On the game, goalkeeper, Caroline Robinson, maintained to save eight shots.

Along with Claire Petersen’s goal, Danielle Monroe, Lindsay Albani, Kayla Thompson, and Nadia Plawiuk had shot attempts, with Thompson attempting two.

The Gamecocks’ overall record is currently at 4-7-2 and 1-4 in the conference.

They play the team below them in the Ohio Valley Conference standings, Eastern Illinois, Friday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. in efforts to solidify their second win in conference play.