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Morehead State (16-9) at Jacksonville State (10-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 13, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Mathews Coliseum (5,500) -- Jacksonville, Alabama. Television: None. Home Record: MSU 8-3, JSU 7-3. Away Record: MSU 7-5, JSU 2-12. Neutral Record: MSU 1-1, JSU 1-1. Conference Record: MSU 7-3, JSU 4-7. Series Record: Morehead State leads, 18-8.
GAME NOTES: Jacksonville State tries to bring an end to a three-game slide tonight, as the Gamecocks host the Morehead State Eagles in Ohio Valley Conference action at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Since defeating Austin Peay back on Jan. 23 on the road, the Gamecocks have been dealt three straight setbacks, the most recent of which took place over the weekend as Tennessee Tech came calling and captured a 72-60 win.
Meanwhile, the Eagles enter play tonight in second place in the East Division of the OVC with a record of 7-3, three places ahead of JSU which is only 4-7 on the campaign. Last Saturday, MSU topped Eastern Kentucky, 86-79, marking the team's second straight win and the third in the last four outings overall.
Morehead State won the first meeting between the programs this season less than two weeks ago, 65-54, which means the Eagles are now ahead in the all- time series by a count of 18-8.
Angelo Warner not only converted 10-of-15 shots from the floor against EKU on the road last weekend, but he also knocked down all 10 of his free-throw attempts as he finished with 33 points in the victory. Greg Dotson and Drew Kelly chimed in with 14 and 10 points, respectively, while Chad Posthumus posted seven points and a team-best 13 rebounds off the bench for the victors as well.
A starter in all 10 conference games, Warner leads the offense with 17.6 ppg, having tallied more than one-third of his total points at the charity stripe (67-of-78). Brent Arrington checks in with 11.9 ppg and Kelly right behind him with another 11.6 ppg, while Posthumus hits the glass for 10.4 rpg, which has helped to boost the team's edge on the boards to +8.7 rpg.
Jacksonville State led by three points early in the meeting with Tennessee Tech over the weekend, but the hosts shot only 5-of-25 from the floor in the first half, including 1-of-10 behind the 3-point line, eventually suffering the double-digit setback. Darion Rackley came off the bench to drop in 16 points, Brian Williams 14, D.J. Felder 13 points and eight rebounds, while Avery Moore accounted for 10 points on just 3-of-11 shooting from the floor.
Rackley has come off the bench in seven of his 25 appearances this season, but still he is the top overall scorer for JSU with his 12.7 ppg. although his mere 29.2 percent effort behind the 3-point line is still sorely lacking. Williams pitches in with not only 11.8 ppg but also a team-best 91 assists, but he too is having trouble out on the perimeter at only 22.1 percent.
Scoring just 65.5 ppg on the season and struggling to be consistent behind the 3-point line, the Gamecocks continue to play themselves into a corner against opponents even when they are at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Morehead State 69, Jacksonville State 63
02/13 10:23:56 ET