NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After trailing by 15 with 13 minutes left in the game the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team defeated Jacksonville State University 45-43 at Gentry Center on Saturday night.
The Tigers (5-18, 2-6 OVC) held the Gamecocks (9-15, 2-8 OVC) to four points over the final 12-plus minutes of the game to secure their first come-from-behind victory of the season.
This, along with the victory over Tennessee Tech, makes for the first back-to-back wins of the season.
Darion Rackley led all scorers with 16 points (5-for-12) in a losing effort for JSU.
The first half saw a low-scoring affair. The Gamecocks went into the locker room with a 22-19 lead. The 19 points was tied for the second lowest first half point total of the season for the Tigers. They also scored 19 at TCU (Dec. 29).
TSU was held to 8-for-26 from the field (30.8 percent), 2-of-7 from behind the arc (28.6 percent) and made just 1-of-7 free throws (14.3 percent).
The Tigers offensive woes continued as they didn’t make their first bucket of the second half until a Demontez Loman jumper 9:59 into it. Despite over 13 minutes without a bucket, TSU was still within eight points after the made shot. A three-point play, the old fashioned way, by Xavier Richards brought the score to 36-31, Gamecocks ahead, with 8:16 remaining.
After Charles Tucker made it a four-point gap with a trey in the corner by the TSU bench, JSU called timeout with 7:38 to play.
With 4:45 left, Reddick drained a three-pointer to put TSU ahead 39-38. After making a crucial rebound and calling timeout to ensure possession, Jay Harris was met on the floor by head coach Dana Ford who fervently praised the senior leader’s effort.
TSU was able to close out its most dramatic win of the season.
Jacksonville State’s 43 points is the lowest total that the Tigers have held an opponent to since Tennessee Tech’s 42 in 1997-98.
The Tigers will take to the road next week as they travel to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. Game time with Eagles is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.