LORMAN, MS - The Jackson State men's basketball team got a measure of revenge over the Alcorn State Braves Saturday evening at the Davey L. Whitney Complex, as the Tigers picked up an 84-71 victory in Southwestern Athletic Conference action. JSU increased its winning streak to four games, as the Tigers head to Baton Rouge, LA to take on the league leading Southern Jaguars Monday, Feb. 4.
With the win the Tigers broke a four game losing streak to the Braves. JSU improves to a 5-14, 4-6 record, while the Braves fall to an 8-17, 6-4 record.
The Tigers received a balanced scoring effort, with eight players getting in the score book. Christian Williams led all scorers with 20 points, on 15-16 shooting from the free throw line. JSU standouts Dundrecous Nelson, Jeff Stubbs, Kelsey Howard and Willie Readus all came off the bench to combine for 50 points. Stubbs scored 16 points on 5-9 shooting, Nelson finished with 15, Howard scored 10 and Readus chipped in nine points and pulled down a team high nine rebounds.
JSU pulled away late in the second half and the game was effectively over when Stubbs threw down a monster one-handed dunk with 2:14 left in the game - giving JSU a 72-58 advantage.
JSU took its first lead at the 15:05 mark in the first half on a Howard layup (10-8). A Nelson layup gave JSU a 21-13 advantage with 10:08 left in the first half and a Readus layup increased JSU's advantage to 30-20.
ASU made a run and cut JSU's lead to 30-29 with 40 seconds left in the first half. As time expired in the first half, ASU's Marquiz Baker went coast-to-coast to cut JSU's lead to 32-31.
The Tigers shot 35.7% from the field (10-28) in the first half. JSU connected on 25% of its three-pointers (2-8) and shot 71.4% from the free throw line (10-14). Alcorn State connected on 29.7% of its field goals (11-37), 25% of its threes (2-8) and shot 63.6% from the line (7-11). JSU's bench scored 25 of its 32 first half points.
Howard and Nelson led JSU in first half scoring with nine points each. Readus followed with seven points and six rebounds.
Jackson State returns to action Monday, Feb. 6 when the Tigers travel to Baton Rouge, LA to take on the Southern Jaguars in SWAC action. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast on via live video stream on the SWAC Digital Network. To access the video feed visit swac.org.