OVC Ball Statbox
|0-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|0-1 (0-0 CUSA)|
|20/54 (37.0%)||Field Goals||28/56 (50.0%)|
|10/29 (34.5%)||3-Point FG||8/22 (36.4%)|
|5/12 (41.7%)||Free Throws||10/14 (71.4%)|
|35 (9/26)||Rebounds (O/D)||34 (5/29)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Jacksonville State offense
|Points:||Moore (18)||Taylor, Sane (16)|
|Rebounds:||Felder (8)||Taylor, Sane (6)|
|Assists:||Townser (3)||Taylor (4)|
|Steals:||Jackson (2)||Three Tied With 2|
It’s a pretty simple basketball fact: you’re not going to win many games when you’re outshot by 13% from the floor, and you turn the ball over more than your opponents. JSU shoots just 37%, falling to Marshall 74-55 in the season opener.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Gamecocks offense: Avery Moore connected on six of his nine 3-point attempts, and junior JaQuail Townser scored 11 in his debut for the Gamecocks. A Townser 3-pointer started the game, but Marshall responded to score the next six points and never trailed again. A slow start from the floor for the Gamecocks watched the Herd slowly build a 14-point first-half lead that JSU couldn’t overcome.
The Thundering Herd used an up tempo attack to force 10 first-half turnovers by the Gamecocks, and got close to the basket on the offensive end to score 36 points in the paint. The Gamecocks won the battle on the glass, 35-34, and used nine offensive boards to score 17 second-chance points.
Townser, a native of Alton, Ill., making his Gamecock debut after transferring from Southwestern Illinois College, was 4-for-9 from the floor and added two boards and three assists for JSU. Sophomore Undra Mitchem scored nine, while senior Darion Rackley managed just six on a tough 1-for-6 shooting night.
Senior post players D.J. Felder and Jamal Hunter led JSU on the boards with eight and six rebounds, respectively, but both suffered from foul trouble that hindered their offensive production. Felder scored six on a 2-for-8 shooting night, while Hunter missed his only two shots of the game.
Marshall got 16 points and six rebounds a piece from Cheikh Sane and Ryan Taylor, with Sane going a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor in the win.
The Gamecocks will continue a three-game road trip to start the season on Monday, when they travel to No. 8 Louisville.