TIGERS LOSE TO HOST GAMECOCKS TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. --- Tennessee State came back from a 21-point deficit to cut th lead to five points in the second half, but host Jacksonville State put together a late surge to hold back the Tigers on the way to an 86-70 victory Saturday night. The Tigers conclude the season with a 6-10 Ohio Valley Conference mark (7-20 overall) and will be the eight seed in next week's OVC Tournament and will travel to top seed Austin Peay. Jax State (14-13, 7-9) led 51-36 at halftime and opened its largest lead at 62-42 with 15:07 left when the TIgers began their comeback and closed the gap to 67-62 following Roshaun Bowens' field goal with 8:02 left. The score was 74-66 with 4:13 left when Jax State went on a 12-4 run the rest of the way. Garrett Richard scored a season high 22 points and Bowens finished with 22, after scoring just four points in the opening half. Herley Maclin scored 13 points off the bench and Bruce Price finished with 10. Jax State placed five players in double figures led by Trent Eger's 17 points.