Jacksonville State (10-16) at Morehead State (13-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 8th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Johnson Arena (6,500) -- Morehead, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: JSU 6-4, MSU 7-3. Away Record: JSU 2-9, MSU 4-8. Neutral Record: JSU 2-3, MSU 2-1. Conference Record: JSU 5-7, MSU 6-5. Series Record: Morehead State leads, 15-6.
GAME NOTES: The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will try to gain ground on the Ohio Valley Conference standings as they head to Johnson Arena to take on the Morehead State Eagles.
This marks the 22nd all-time meeting and second of two this year between JSU and Morehead State. The Eagles hold a 15-6 advantage in the series. Morehead State will look to continue its six-game winning streak against the Jaguars which was extended on January 5th this year with a 63-55 victory.
JSU enters tonight's contest with a 10-16 overall record and a 5-7 league mark after its 76-58 loss to Tennessee Tech on Saturday. The Gamecocks shot 42.6 percent from the field, but went 5-of-20 from three-point range in the losing effort. In the three contests prior to Saturday's loss, JSU had averaged 79.3 ppg. The Gamecocks' have the third best scoring defense in the conference with an allowed average of 65.0 ppg.
Brian Williams is pacing the Gamecocks with averages of 13.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Williams went 6-of-20 from the floor to score 18 points in the team's last outing versus Tennessee Tech. Tarving Gaines is second on the team with 10.8 ppg on 43.1 percent shooting from the field. Stephen Hall, Ronnie Boggs, and Darion Rackley all get into the mix with steady contributions. Hall is the team's leading rebounder with 5.6 boards per game.
Morehead State improved to 13-12 its last time out with a 56-55 victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The win was the fourth in five tries for the Eagles, who are now 6-5 in league action which positions them in fifth place. Despite scoring just 56 points their last time out, Morehead State shot a season-best 56.7 percent from the field and also converted 17-of-22 from the charity stripe in the contest. The Eagles have been plagued by turnovers all season long, as they have had 10 or more turnovers in every game but one this year. Morehead State is outscoring its opponents by a slight 0.2 point margin.
The Eagles will look to Ty Proffitt, Drew Kelly, Angelo Warner, and Lamont Austin to push them past the Gamecocks. Proffitt is the only active player on the team averaging double-figures in scoring with an even 10.0 ppg. Proffitt bested his average with 11 points in the win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Kelly also chipped in 11 points against the Panthers, while Austin scored nine boards and swiped four steals. Warner had a quiet six-point night, but came up clutch with the game-winning free throw.
Morehead State was able to power past the Gamecocks earlier this year behind Kelly's 20-point performance. Since that contest, JSU had gone 5-3 in league play while Morehead State has gone 4-4. The Gamecocks led 27-23 at halftime of the first bout but lost it in the second half. Despite being on the road, JSU has a decent chance of getting revenge and ending its losing streak against its conference foe.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Jacksonville State 63, Morehead State 61
02/08 10:32:22 ET