In their first match-up of the season, the Tigers won on a buzzer-beater by Jerrell Houston to defeat JSU, 59-57, in the Gentry Center back on January 22nd. Gershom Jordan tallied career-highs, leading all scorers with 21 points (10-of-11) and eight rebounds. TSU holds a slight edge in the series, 6-5.
The Tigers (6-17, 4-9 OVC) will look to break a five-game losing streak and are coming off an OVC loss to UT Martin, 100-73, Saturday night at the Gentry Center. TSU is currently 1-11 on the road winning there last away game against Southeast Missouri on December 12, 2008.
Jacksonville State (11-11, 5-8 OVC) has won two straight including three of their last four games. The Gamecocks come off a 75-70 home win versus Eastern Kentucky (2/07/09) and have posted a 6-3 record at the Pete Mathews Coliseum this season. They are led in scoring by Jeremy Bynum (12.6 ppg), Jonathan Toles (11.5 ppg), and Brandon Crawford (10.6 ppg).
Next, the Tigers will finish out their road games of the season at Austin Peay (2/14/09) and Tennessee Tech 2/19/09).