Last Saturday Jacksonville State extended their win streak to three games after defeating Morehead State in a game where JSU never trailed.
Senior Tarvin Gaines opened the scoring with a 2 point basket. Over the next three minutes the Gamecocks would add nine more points capped by Ronnie Boggs’ steal and fast break slam that forced Morehead State to use a timeout trailing 11-0.
It was nearly four minutes into the game before the Eagles scored but once they did they soon brought the score within four, 18-14. The Gamecocks then went on their second 11-0 run of the half to take a 29-14 lead. Jacksonville State shot a strong 74 percent from the field in the first half that led to a 40-26 halftime lead.
With 16:50 remaining junior Brian Williams lifted the Gamecocks to their largest lead of the night when his three made the score 48-30.
The lead only grew for JSU as before long Williams was knocking down another three-pointer as the shot clock buzzer went off to make it 58-36.
Down the stretch, JSU began to get sloppy and the Eagles climbed within eight with just under two minutes to go, but never got close enough to threaten then game. JSU won 70-59 and picked up its 15th win of the season, matching last year’s total.
Jax State looked very impressive for the most part shooting 66 percent from the field, 34 points came off turnovers, and 18 of those turned into fast breaks. Gaines led the scoring with 23 points, followed by Boggs with 19 and Williams who added 18. Senior Mason Leggett dished out eight assists and swiped four steals. If there was a black eye on the dominating performance, it was JSU shooting less than 50 percent (10/22) from the free throw line.
Leading scorer Tarvin Gaines felt the quick start propelled JSU to play at a higher level the rest of the way.
“It’s all in the first five minutes, that sets the tempo for the rest of the half,” said Gaines. “After halftime the score’s zero, zero and we go out and try to do the same thing.”