OVC Ball Statbox
|17-7 (9-2 OVC)|
|8-18 (4-7 OVC)|
|21/50 (42.0%)||Field Goals||21/65 (32.3%)|
|6/25 (24.0%)||3-Point FG||9/27 (33.3%)|
|20/25 (80.0%)||Free Throws||7/9 (77.8%)|
|36 (7/29)||Rebounds (O/D)||41 (17/24)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||13|
|11||Points off TO||10|
|26||Pts in the Paint||16|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Tennessee Tech offense
Jacksonville State offense
What happened: It wasn’t TTU’s offense, but rather their defense that propelled the Golden Eagles on the road past the Gamecocks. Tennessee Tech held JSU to 32.3% shooting, and kept them off the free-throw in a low scoring win.
Jacksonville State was tied at the half, but the offense scored just nine field goals in the final 20 minutes, and connected on just 1-9 from three-point range. A three-pointer in the first minute of the second half put TTU up for good.
Three Golden Eagles scored in double figures, paced by 16 from both Torrance Rowe and Aleksa Jugovic. Jared Hamilton led Jacksonville State with 16 points as well, and Jeremy Watson added a double-double, finishing the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Tech outshot JSU 25-9 at the charity stripe.
It’s worth noting, JSU was without three starters due to injury.
It’s one of those upsets that really has a bigger impact on the Golden Eagles. Thanks to Belmont’s win over Eastern Kentucky, TTU is now in a tie atop the East division, and has beaten the Bruins in their only head-to-head matchup this season.
Tech has now won four straight games. It’s the third streak of four or more wins so far this season.
Player of the night: Rowe and Jugovic might have led in scoring, but Ryan Martin was just a single rebound off from a double-double. Martin was also a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line, hitting more from the charity stripe than the entire JSU squad.
What’s next: If they want to stay atop the league, they’ve got to beat a team just a game back, Tennessee State. It’s on the road, just down the road in Nashville on Wednesday.
What it means: The “six teams from the East” scenario we’ve talked on and off about this season probably isn’t going to shake out, and it’s looking like JSU will be the only team from the division not making the trip to Nashville.
That’s not to say all is lost, by any stretch. JSU has just seven losses. Winning out, or even going 4-1 would make the Gamecocks a lock. 3-2? Well, the problem is the right tiebreakers aren’t in JSU’s favor. The Gamecocks lost their only game against Austin Peay, and are in an 0-1 hole to Eastern Kentucky. If UTM were to flounder, JSU does hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against them.
It’s odd that it was the Gamecocks offense, not their defense that failed them. Of the two, JSU has been much more solid scoring this year than keeping opponents from scoring.
Player of the night: Only Hamilton shot better than 50% from the floor, so it’s fitting that he led the team in scoring. He also pulled down eight rebounds in the loss.
What’s next: The last three opponents, all on the road this time, and in a slightly different order: at Belmont, at Tennessee Tech, and then at Tennessee State