JACKSON –With 1.6 seconds left on the scoreboard senior guard Julysses Nobles hit the game-winning three-pointer to give the Jackson State men’s basketball team its first home victory of the 2013-14 season, as the Tigers beat Louisiana Lafayette 73-70 Thursday night at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.
On ULL’s ensuing posses, with 1.6 seconds left on the game clock, Nobles picked off the in-bound pass to preserve JSU’s win. With the win the Tigers improve to a 4-7 record and ULL falls to 8-4.
Nobles led JSU with a 14 point; seven-rebound and six assist effort. BJ West, who recorded his sixth double-double of the season, recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds. West was 4-8 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. He also finished with a game high four blocked shots. Javeres Brent added 11 points on 5-9 shooting from the field and Derell Taylor chipped in 10 points and five rebounds. Marcus Love scored nine points, going 5-8 from the free throw line
Elfrid Payton led ULL with 22 points.
JSU scored 48 points in the paint and held ULL to 24. The Tigers also had 22 points off the bench and ULL hand nine.
With 11:28 left in the game, ULL held a 47-49 advantage. By the 8:21 mark the Tigers regained the lead (51-50) and never relinquished it until ULL tied the game at 70-70 with nine seconds left in regulation.
For the game, JSU shot 45.9% from the field (28-61), 25% in three-pointers (2-8) and 75% from the line (15-20). ULL made 37.9% of its field goals attempts (22-58), 34.6% of its threes 99-260 and 63% of its free throws (17-27).
The Tigers shot a scorching 55.2% from the floor (16-29) in the first half. JSU led 39-33 at halftime.
JSU returns to action Dec. 28 when the Tigers travel to Memphis, Tennessee to fact the University of Memphis. Tip-off is set for noon. The game will be JSU’s final non-conference game of the regular season.