The Gamecocks (15-8, 7-5 OVC) never got in a rhythm all night and watched the Golden Eagles (9-14, 3-8 OVC) capitalize to split the season series with the win. JSU turned it over 14 times and lost the battle on the glass. They also had a hard time overcoming the free throw differential in a game that saw TTU make 30 of its 36 attempts, while JSU shot just 12 and made five.
Junior Brian Williams scored 22 points to lead the Gamecocks, in large part because of a 5-for-10 night from behind the 3-point line. He also dished four assists, giving him 242 in his career and moving him past Poonie Richardson into fourth on the school’s Division I list.
Tarvin Gaines added 15 points for JSU, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-6 from behind the arc. Senior Ronnie Boggs added nine, while Rinaldo Mafra, also a senior, scored eight.
The Gamecocks travel to Morehead State on Thursday before facing Eastern Kentucky on Saturday in Richmond.