It was history in spite of a loss as JSU fell to Alabama State 84-73 in the home opener last Saturday.
Senior guard Brian Williams became just the 22nd player in JSU history to score over 1,000 points in a career. He was also just the fifth in JSU’s division I history to score over 1,000.
It was Williams who scored 16 points during the loss including 13 in the first half.
However it was junior Darion Rackley that led in scoring with 23 points during the course of the game and was 10-of-13 when shooting from the free throw line. Senior Nick Cook tied Brian Williams for points scored in the game with 16 and also led in rebounds with six.
The Gamecocks started shooting slow only making 3-of-10 early shots however, before the first half ended, had improved to 12-of-23.
The first half saw the Hornets taking an early 16-point lead with the Gamecocks down 32-16 with only 8:44 left in the first half.
It was on two free throws by Darion Rackley that JSU would make an 11-2 run cutting the deficit to 34-27.
ASU was able to quickly score and bump their lead up to 40-29 with JSU trailing. But another JSU run was able to close the gap to one ending the half with the score at 44-43.
The second opened with Nick Cook making a layup to give JSU their first lead of the game.
The Hornets regained the lead almost as quickly with two free throws but it was Cook again who made two his own two free throws putting the lead back with JSU at 47-46.
The Hornets took their lead back after scores put them back in front 50-47. Then it was senior Giovanni Smith who tied the game with a 3-pointer to make it an even 50 for both sides.
Alabama State then took a 12-4 leap forward and with 9:59 left in the game brought the score to 68-58 after two 3-point shots.
It was Darion Rackley again who brought JSU within five with 5:50 left in the game. But the Hornets kept the Gamecocks from coming back for a win by connecting on 9 of the 12 shots they took in the game’s final minutes.