EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Jackson State men’s basketball team snapped a three game losing streak by beating the Evansville Purple Aces 57-51 Saturday evening at the Ford Center.
With the win JSU improves to a 3-7 record and Evansville falls to 6-5.
The Tigers had a balanced scoring effort with three players scoring in double-figures. Julysses Nobles and BJ West each scored 14 points to lead the Tigers. West recorded his fifth double-double of the season and his fourth in the last five games, as he also pulled down a career high 22 rebounds (at JSU). He also controlled the rim on the defensive side as he finished with four blocked shots. Nobles also dished out a team high five assists. Marcus Love came off the bench to add 11 points on 5-12 shooting from the field.
Javeres Brent scored seven points on 5-6 shooting from the free throw line and Janarius Middleton had six points on 3-3 shooting from the field.
Egidiju Mockevicius led Evansville with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Tigers shot 45% from the floor (24-53) and 64% from the free throw line (8-12). JSU finished with 19 points off the bench and UE had two. JSU also dominated the boards as the Tigers pulled down 41 rebounds and the Aces had 29. UE held the advantage in second chance points (12-9), but JSU controlled the paint, outscoring UE 34-26.
JSU held a 45-43 advantage with 5:04 left in the game. With 2:17 left in the game, the Tigers increased its lead to five (50-45) on a jumper by Nobles. JSU held its largest lead, seven points, at the 1:55 mark in the second half when West scored on a dunk.
The game had 11 ties and seven lead changes. JSU led 25-24 at halftime.
JSU returns to action for its final non-conference home game when the Tigers host Louisiana-Lafayette on December 19 at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm. For ticket information contact the JSU Athletics Ticket Office at 601-979-2420.