Late Rally Sinks Tigers at Gamecocks
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Late Rally Sinks Tigers at Gamecocks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Jacksonville State University 55-50 at Pete Matthews Coliseum on Saturday evening.

The Tigers (5-23, 2-11 OVC) saw the Gamecocks (12-17, 5-9 OVC) go on a last minute rally to win the game. It is the 10th win in the all-time series for JSU.

Demontez Loman put together a nice game, scoring 11 points (5-for-6), grabbing eight boards, and blocking three shots in 30 minutes of action.

DJ Felder and Jamal Hunter led the attack for JSU. Felder had a game-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting while Hunter scored 13 on 6-of-10 from the floor. Hunter added eight rebounds to his ledger as well as three blocks.

Both teams ramped up the offense, compared to their last matchup. When they played in Gentry, the score at halftime was 22-19. This time around, however, TSU led 23-20 with 6:29 still on the clock.

The advantage on the scoreboard changed hands only once through the first 15 minutes of the opening frame, but neither team built a lead larger than six. To that point, eight Tigers had touched the floor and all but two had registered at least one bucket.

JSU was able to take a one-point lead just before halftime on a layup by DJ Felder. The score was 28-27.

The close nature of the game continued inot the second half. JSU pushed their lead to five, early on, but the Tigers clawed back and tied it up at 37 heading into the second media break of the half. Charles Tucker made a nice pass into the paint to Loman who slammed it home for the equalizer, eight minutes into the half.

JSU retook the lead and the game became a back-and-forth skirmish with each basket by one team met quickly by a basket from the opposing squad.

With a little over four minutes left in the game, TSU employed a half-court trap defense that began to trip up JSU. Led by Loman up top, the defense stymied the Gamecocks and allowed the Tigers to grab the lead at the 3:50 mark at 48-47.

With 1:47 left to play, Malcolm Drumwright hit a pair of free throws to give JSU a one-point lead. For the few clicks remaining, the Gamecocks outscored the Tigers 6-2.

The result is the 16th loss on the road this year for TSU.

The Tigers will have a quick turnaround as they host Morehead State on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This is the makeup date that was set due to this past Thursday’s inclement weather.