Tag: OVC Tournament

Nashville hot chickens: Gamecocks scorch SEMO in OVC Tourney

Daniel Mayes, Staff Reporter

The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team earned their first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament win since 2012 after a 74-51 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday in Nashville.

The fourth seeded Gamecocks used a season-high 12 made 3-pointers to pull away from fifth seeded SEMO in the second half and secure a spot in the OVC semifinals for the first time since 2006.

Erik Durham led JSU with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Norbertas Giga also tallied a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards, and Christian Cunningham chipped in with six points, all coming off of dunks, and five blocks.

Andre Statam, who is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the town that also houses the campus of Southeast Missouri State, swished all three of his three pointers and had nine points against his hometown team.

Jacksonville State started the game off slowly on offense, hitting on just 4-11 field goals inside the arc in the first half, but Durham stepped up his game while his teammates struggled.

Also a native of Missouri, Durham had a field day against the team from his home state.

Durham scored 13 of his points and went 3-3 from 3-point range in the first half and was the only Gamecock with more than five points at the break.

In the second half, the rest of the Gamecocks caught fire as well.

Jacksonville State hit on 17 of their 29 second half shots, good for 58.6%, and tallied 11 assists to just a single turnover in the second frame to pull away from the Redhawks.

SEMO fought hard to keep the game within striking distance for much of the second half, but the JSU offensive onslaught proved too much for the Redhawks in the end, and the Gamecocks won by a final score of 74-51.

Jacksonville State moves on to face No. 1 seed and OVC regular season champion Belmont in the semifinals on Friday.

The game will tip at 6:30 p.m. inside Nashville Municipal Auditorium and will be televised on ESPNU.


JSU Women fall to Belmont in the first round of OVC Tournament

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The Jacksonville State Women’s Basketball team fell 55-45 to Belmont in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Tournament on Thursday.

The Gamecocks finish with a 19-10 overall record and 9-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished 10-3 at home.

Destany McLin led the Gamecocks in scoring with 18 points followed by Candace Morton’s 13.

JSU shot 33 percent from the field and was 1-of-12 from three-point range. Belmont, on the other hand, shot 43 percent from the field and 46 percent from the three-point line. Belmont also shot 81 percent from the free-throw line, while JSU only had one free-throw attempt.

The Gamecocks jumped on the scoreboard first with a jumper by McLin for two points. Belmont responded with a three-pointer to take the lead and kept the lead for the remainder of the half.

Belmont would go on a 13-4 run to go up 16-6 at the 12 minute mark. However, the Gamecocks found themselves down by only four when Miranda Cantrell hit a two-point jumper to make the score 20-16. Belmont ended the half with a three-pointer to take the 23-16 lead in the half.

The second half was back-and-forth in scoring when Destiny James hit a three to bring the Gamecocks within three with 12:18 left to play in the second half.

JSU took the lead with 5:12 left in the game when Morton hit a three to finally put the Gamecocks back in the lead with a 41-40 score. Belmont bounced back with a three, while another JSU two-pointer tied the game at 43 with four minutes left.

Belmont would then take control when they went on a 6-0 run to go up 49-43 with 2:04 left to play in the game. James ended the run with a two-pointer, but that would be the last points the Gamecocks scored as Belmont held on to win and advanced to the next round.

Despite the first round loss, this Jacksonville State Gamecocks’ season was still one of the women’s best as they recorded 19 wins for the first time in the school history.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Volleyball gets win on Senior Day and prepares for OVC Tournament

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The JSU volleyball team clinched a spot in the conference tournament even with a loss to Tennessee Tech, which they made up for with a win against Southeast Missouri on Senior Day.

The Gamecocks headed north to play OVC rivals Tennessee Tech last Tuesday night. It was a night that ended in a loss and ended a win streak against the Golden Eagles that goes back seven games.

JSU won only one set in the match against TTU and struggled to hold back their opponent’s weapon, Cody Dodd. In the first set, JSU fell down early and was unable to catch up and surrendered a victory.

The second set was the Gamecocks’ only win of the night and started strong in their favor. TTU managed a comeback, but couldn’t hold onto it and fell. The third set saw a similar scenario to the first set in that JSU fell behind and simply couldn’t come back. The fourth and final set saw JSU climb into the lead, but like Tennessee Tech in the second set, the Gamecocks couldn’t keep it and lost the match.

The Gamecocks hit a .138 attack percentage overall and .227 in their winning set. Allyson Zuhlke had a big game for JSU as she had 17 kills. Behind her came Nicole Merget with 12 and Emily Rutherford with ten. On defense, Samantha Bohne led with 23 digs, but her teammates Jennifer Hart, Rutherford and Hannah Kirk had 14, 12 and 11 respectively. For TTU it was all Cody Dodd, who had 30 kills by herself and 20 digs on defense to add to it.

The finals for the match were 18-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 22-25.

Saturday was Senior Day for two of the Gamecocks, Merget and Victoria Cross. The seniors saw a win as Jacksonville State defeated Southeast Missouri to wrap up the regular season. The first set saw JSU be in a tight race for a win that they eventually took after trailing the Redhawks. The second set was a bust for the Gamecocks that wound up being their only loss of the day; however, it was a winner for Merget who managed to top over 1,000 career kills with one in the set. The third was all JSU and they easily routed SEMO by ten. The final saw a tie at 20, but the Gamecocks were able to finish strong and take the last set for a match victory.

Although the Gamecocks had a lower overall attack percentage at .158 than SEMO who hit .212 overall, it was a productive day for the Gamecocks. Not only did Merget break 1,000, but she had 14 kills on the day. In the lead was Charis Ludtke with 18. On defense, the leader was Hart with 17 digs, who also had the team-high 47 assists. Kirk had 14 digs behind her and finishing up the double digits was Rutherford with ten.

The finals for the match were 26-24, 15-25, 25-15 and 25-21.

The Gamecocks concluded their regular season with a berth to the OVC Tournament. They will head to Murray, Ky. on Thursday to play a rematch against Tennessee Tech in the first game.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

JSU Soccer ends regular season with win

JSU won their final regular season game against Tennessee Tech 2-1.

The Gamecocks will now be headed to the OVC tournament. This is the first trip to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament since 2005.

JSU scored quickly in this game in less than 10 minutes with both of their goals scored in the first half. Nicola Dominkovich scored the first goal with assists from Lindsey Jackson and Jackie Rush. In the 27th minute, Kelsey bright added the second goal of the game for JSU. Dominikovich was there this time for the assists. The goal was Bright’s 10th goal of the season. She joins Courtney Hurt with double-digit goals on the year. Bright had four of Jacksonville State’s nine shots on the day. The lone goal for Tennessee Tech was scored late in the 79th minute.

JSU was out-shot in the game as the Golden eagles had 10 shots to JSU’s nine. Freshman Caroline Robinson and sophomore Katie Thomas split goal-keeping duties. Robinson opened up and was goalie for the first half and had two saves. Thomas came in the second half to finish the game and had three saves.

This win was the Gamecock’s 10th win of the season and their sixth in conference play. So, the Gamecocks finished the regular season with an overall 10-9 record and 6-4 conference record.

For the seniors, this was the last regular season game they would play in their JSU career. The seniors on the team are Brianna Salverda, Kaitlyn Gregory, Jackie Rush, Lindsey Jackson, and Jessica Monahan.

For the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, the fifth seeded Gamecocks will face UT Martin Thursday, Nov. 6.

Continue to support the Jacksonville State Soccer team by watching their run in the Conference Tournament. There will be live updates on ovcsports.com as well as on jsugamecocksports.com.

Wesley Schultz
Staff Writer