NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coming off their first Ohio Valley Conference win, the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team will host Jacksonville State University on Saturday night at Gentry Center.
The Tigers (4-18, 1-6 OVC) will look to build some momentum as the schedule wanes. They are 13-9 in the all-time series with the Gamecocks (9-14, 2-7 OVC) and will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time this year.
Last season TSU and Jacksonville State split the season series. The Tigers got their first conference win of 2013-14 at home against the Gamecocks 70-65 (Jan. 4) but then fell in Jacksonville, Ala. 64-70. Jay Harris had 16 points, total, for both games (eight points, apiece) while playing a total of 48 minutes.
Harris scored 19 points while Charles Tucker had 11 in the win over Tennessee Tech, but Xavier Richards was the unseen stat sheet-stuffer. The junior from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands had seven points for the game while grabbing five rebounds, blocking three shots, dropping a pair of dimes, and picking one pocket. Richards gave TSU 23 well-played minutes.
The Gamecocks are currently marooned in a tough stretch, having lost 10 of their last 12 games. The Gamecocks most recently fell to the Bruins 82-103 at the Curb Event Center. Belmont shot 17-for-24 from three-point range while out-rebounding Jacksonville State 43-28.
The Gamecocks leading scorer is Darion Rackley at 15.3 points per game. JSU runs its offense through him as he has taken almost 50 more shots than any other player on the team. He makes it to the free-throw line often as he is 117-for-156 (75 percent) from the charity stripe this season.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. but the official start time will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s basketball game that begins at 5:00 p.m.