Reiley Ervin led three other Tigers in double-figures scoring 19 points while dishing out seven assists. Gerald Robinson netted 18 points, Bruce Price scores 14 points and Darius Cox equaled a career-high 11 points. Jerrell Houston scored 6 points with a game-high 10 rebounds and had a career-high six blocked shots.
The Gamecocks got a game-high 20 points from Nick Murphy with support from DeAndre Bray (14) and Will Ginn (12).
The Tigers fell behind early, trailing 7-12 at the 14:01 mark of the first half. Over the next seven minutes the Tigers went on a 26-6 run to move out to a fifteen point lead (33-18) lead with 6:48 remaining and a 24 point lead (46-22) lead at the half.
Opening the second half, Jacksonville State began chipping away at the Tennessee State lead closing the score to 14 points (51-37) at 14:15, but TSU re-grouped and raise their lead back to 24 points (69-45) with 6:27 remaining. The Gamecocks mounted a 25-10 run of their own to close the score to 79-70 with 1:47 left in the game, but TSU broke several presses for easy dunks and paraded to the foul line for the 88-77 win.
TSU hit 50% (32-64) from the field and 82% (18-22) from the foul line. JSU shot 44% (30-69) and 42% (5-12) from the charity stripe. The Tigers won the battle of the boards 47-29.