JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson State men's basketball team gutted out a tough, 70-65 overtime victory over the Alabama State Hornets in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Thursday night at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.
After trailing 36-29 at halftime, the Tigers outscored Alabama State 41-29 in the second half and overtime. With the win JSU improves to 9-17, 8-9 and ASU falls to 9-21, 7-10.
With 4:29 left in the second half the Tigers cut the ASU lead to 57-52 when Willie Readus knocked down a pair of free throws. At the 2:52 mark Readus made a jumper to make the score 57-54. On the next Tigers possession Christian Williams made a layup to pull JSU to within one point. With 1:11 left in regulation JSU took a 60-59 lead on a pair of Jeff Stubbs free throws.
With 10 seconds left in regulation the score was tied 62-62. The Tigers scored the first six points in overtime, taking a 68-62 advantage. Alabama State's Shawntez Patterson hit a three to cut JSU's lead to 68-65 with seven seconds left in the game.
With three seconds left in the game, Kelsey Howard made a pair of free throws to seal the deal for JSU.
Christian Williams led all scorers with 17 points on 7-14 shooting from the field. He also pulled down five rebounds. Stubbs followed with 15 points on 4-10 shooting from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line. Readus just missed out on a double-double as he recorded 12 points and nine rebounds. Kelsey Howard scored nine points and Derrell Taylor scored seven points and eight rebounds.
Joshua Freelove led Alabama State with 15 points.
Jackson State returns to action Saturday, Mar. 2 when the Lady Tigers host Grambling State for the regular season finale at the Lee E. Williams AAC. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.