All but nine of JSU’s 56 points came from a quartet that was led by senior Ronnie Boggs’ 14 points. The Kansas City, Kan., native scored 10 in the second half for the Gamecocks (6-2). He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. JSU’s hot start to the 2012-13 season ties the 2008-09 and 2002-03 teams for the best start in the program’s 18-year Division I history. The Braves fall to 2-6 on the year.
Senior Tarvin Gaines scored the Gamecocks’ first eight points and didn’t score again until early in the second half but ended the game with 12 points. Junior Brian Williams added 11 points, seven in the first half, while sophomore Darion Rackley’s two clutch free throws with 2.5 seconds left put the game on ice and gave him 10 points in the game.
The win helps JSU improve to 4-1 all-time against the Braves and 2-1 in Lorman. The series had been on hold since four meetings in two years between 2002 and 2003.
JSU overcame a cold shooting night that saw the Gamecocks make just 19-of-60 attempts, a .317 shooting percentage. The Braves shot it a little better, connecting on 38 percent of their 55 attempts. JSU won the game from the free throw line, where the Gamecocks were 14-for-20, while the homestanding Braves shot just 11 times and made only six.
JSU will be off for final exams and will return to action on Dec. 11 in a home game vs. Martin Methodist at Pete Mathews Coliseum. The game will tip at 7 p.m. and will be on Kids Night at The Pete. JSU will give away several prizes, including bikes, kids’ cars and much more. Admission is free for all children 18 and under to all JSU home games.
Kennesaw 51, JSU 50
JACKSONVILLE – Kennesaw State hit a pair of free throws with 3.6 second left to squeak past Jacksonville State, 51-50, on Wednesday night in women’s college basketball action at JSU’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.
After JSU’s Dashauna Truss drilled the go-ahead three-point basket with 11 second left to give JSU a 50-49 lead in the waning seconds left in the contest, but the Owls’ Kristina Wells went to the free throw line to sink a pair of free throws for the road win. The loss drops Jax State to 0-6 on the season, while KSU moved to 2-5 on the year. The one-point setback was the third consecutive game that was decided by three points or less.
Miranda Cantrell, inserted into the starting line up for the first time this season, turned in her third-straight double figure scoring game with 10 points and three assists in just 19 minutes of action. Truss led all JSU scorers with 13 points with nine of those 13 points coming off three-point baskets.