For the first time in their Division 1 history, the Gamecock men’s basketball team is 3-0.
Thursday, the Gamecocks defeated Alabama A&M 79-61.
The Bulldogs lead early 13-8 lead.
Part of the Gamecocks’ frustration came from the seven-foot-one center Justin Banks from Alabama A&M. He was subbed out after his second foul early in the first half. That is when the Gamecocks made their comeback.
Led by senior forward Tarvin Gaines, the Gamecocks took the lead and never gave it back. JSU lead A&M 38-31 at halftime.
Despite Banks returning to the game for the Bulldogs, the Gamecocks maintained control of the game.
Led by double digit efforts from Tarvin Gaines, Ronnie Boggs, Nick Cook and Chris Deanes, JSU stretched their lead to 25-points. JSU led 76-52 with 56 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs would pull a little closer as time expired, but the game was already out of reach. JSU had secured its historic 3-0 start.
“I think it’s a real accomplishment by this group,” said Head Coach James Green. “But it’s only three games, we have to keep that in perspective.”
Ronnie Bogs and Tarvin Gaines led the Gamecocks in points with 15. Boggs also led in rebounds with 8. JSU was only 2-10 from the three point line.
If there is one thing the Gamecocks have proven so far this season it's that they’re not afraid of heights. Central Michigan and Alabama A&M were considerably taller than JSU and both were defeated by the Gamecocks.
“I feel like their (Alabama A&M’s) bigs were more athletic tonight,” said Boggs. “They didn’t have the exact height of Eastern Michigan but they were real athletic tonight.”