The Jackson State men's basketball team will return to action Saturday, Feb. 23 when the Tigers travel to Itta Bena, MS to fact in-state rival Mississippi Valley State in Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the Harrison HPER Complex. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
The Delta Devils will have a blackout and the Tigers will wear their white uniforms.
The Tigers (7-16, 6-8) come into Saturday's action on a two game winning streak. The Tigers picked up wins over Prairie View A&M (65-60) and Grambling State (77-38). In the win over PVAM, Christian Williams scored 17 points and Kelsey Howard grabbed seven boards. Jeff Stubbs scored a career high 22 point to help lead JSU to the win over GSU. Phillip Williams pulled down seven rebounds.
In the first meeting of the season JSU beat Valley 60-57 at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Christian Williams led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points and Derrell Taylor pulled down nine rebounds.
Jackson State will be without the services of Dundrecous Nelson who is saddled with a foot injury. Howard is the team's leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game. Nelson is second on the team in scoring with a 14.3 ppg average. Christian Williams is the only other double-digit scorer, averaging 11.7 ppg. Taylor is the top rebounder on the team, pulling down an average of 4.7 rpg.
Scouting Mississippi Valley State
The Delta Devils (4-21, 4-11) come into Saturday's action on a three game losing streak. MVSU dropped its last three games to Southern (78-74), Prairie View A&M (80-77) and Texas Southern (73-57). Davon Usher scored at least 25 points in all three games.
Usher is one of the top scorers in the SWAC, as he averages 18.5 ppg. Matt Smith is Valley's only other double-digit scorer with a 10 ppg average. Smith and Ushers are also the team's top rebounders, grabbing 6.6 and 5.9 board respectively.