Tennessee Martin (5-10) at Jacksonville State (6-9)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, December 30, 8:45 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Mathews Coliseum (5,500) -- Jacksonville, Alabama.
Television: None. Home Record: Tenn-Martin 3-4, Jacksonville State 4-1.
Away Record: Tenn-Martin 2-6, Jacksonville State 1-7. Neutral Record: Tenn-
Martin 0-0, Jacksonville State 1-1. Conference Record: Tenn-Martin 0-0, UNC
Greensboro 0-0. Series Record: Jacksonville State leads, 37-21
GAME NOTES: League play opens up in the Ohio Valley Conference Monday as
Jacksonville State hosts Tennessee Martin at the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Neither Jacksonville State nor Tennessee Martin got off to hot starts this
season. The Gamecocks dropped their first five games before winning three in a
row at the end of November. The Skyhawks lost seven of their first eight games
and have lost two straight headed into this matchup.
Jacksonville State is coming off a win against Coppin State in the British
Virgin Islands Tournament, 72-61, while Tennessee Martin dropped an 80-76
decision to Southeastern Louisiana.
The Skyhawks made it a contest against the Lions, as the teams traded baskets
for the majority of the contest before Southeastern took the eventual lead.
Myles Taylor set a new career high in points versus Southeastern, as the
team's leading scorer poured in 34 points in the contest. He added 11 rebounds
in the game for a double-double, and shot 12-of-14 from the free-throw line.
Taylor was 11-of-22 from the floor shooting for 50 percent. Other than
Taylor's efforts, the Skyhawks came up flat, as Justin Childs and Terence
Smith each scored 12, but points after that were few.
Taylor registers 16.3 ppg on just over 50 percent shooting this season, and
also averages 6.1 rpg. Smith is second on the team, averaging 14.1 ppg.
Darion Rackley led the Gamecocks in the win over Coppin State, scoring a game-
high 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting and going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-
throw line. Avery Moore was the only other player in double figures, scoring
16 on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. Coppin State led most of
the first half and had the lead coming out of the locker rooms in the second
half, but an 8-0 run by Jacksonville State gave the Gamecocks the lead for
Rackley and Moore are the top two scorers for Jacksonville State on the
season. Rackley averages 13.2 ppg and Moore registers 10.8 ppg. Moore however,
has only played in six games compared to Rackley's 14 appearances. Brian
Williams leads the team with 54 assists on the season, and as a team the
Gamecocks average 5.5 steals a game.
The Skyhawks have won five of their eight games at Jacksonville State since
the Gamecocks joined the OVC in 2003, but Jacksonville State is 4-1 at home
this season. It should be a back-and-forth battle, but Taylor can't keep up
the solo act for long and continue to expect his team to earn wins.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Jacksonville State 69, Tenn-Martin 60
12/30 10:33:15 ET
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