JACKSON, Miss. – It was praise and worship night at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center and a higher power seems to have been with Jackson State as the Tigers picked up their first conference win on a Julysses Nobles game-winning three-pointer. Nobles’ shot made the final score 70-68.
The Tigers trailed the Hornets 68-67 with 2.5 seconds left in the game. JSU had to travel the length of the court for the tie or the go-ahead three. Nobles got the inbound pass, raced up the court, split two defenders and nailed the buzzer beater (his second game winning three of the season).
Nobles led the team in scoring with 20 points in 32 minutes of action. He also recorded a game high six assists and had three rebounds. Derrell Taylor finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. BJ West, Janarius Middleton and Donta Robinson each recorded 10 points. West recorded his eighth double-double of the season and he pulled down a game high 10 rebounds.
Demarcus Robinson led the Hornets with a game-high 27 points.
JSU (5-9, 1-1) trailed ASU 40-39 at halftime and scored three more points than the Hornets (31-28) in the second half. For the game JSU shot 46.6% from the floor (27-58), 25% in three-pointers (3-12) and 76.5% from the free throw line (13-17). ASU (7-6, 1-1) shot 40.4% from the field (19-47), 37.5% in threes (6-16) and 75% from the line (24-32).
JSU out-rebounded ASU 34-33 and forced 14 Hornet turnovers. The Tigers also held the edge in points in the paint (38-18). The game which was hotly contested had 21 lead changes and the score was tied 14 times.
Jackson State returns to action Saturday, Jan. 11 when the Tigers travel to Lorman, Miss. to take on the Alcorn State Braves. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.