NCAA Game Summary - Jacksonville State at Belmont|
(Saturday, March 2)
Final Score: Belmont 78, Jacksonville State 71
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Kerron Johnson led all scorers with 26
points, and the Belmont Bruins closed out the Ohio Valley Conference regular
season with a 78-71 win over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at the Curb
Blake Jenkins added 14 points, Ian Clark scored 13, and Trevor Noack finished
with 11 for the Bruins (24-6, 14-2 OVC), who locked up their first OVC
regular-season crown earlier this week.
Tarvin Gaines had a team-high 19 points for the Gamecocks (17-11, 8-8), who
are not eligible for the upcoming OVC Tournament. Ronnie Boggs, Brian Williams
and Darion Rackley all scored 12 in the loss, while Nick Cook recorded a
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Belmont shot an efficient 15-of-22 (.682) from the floor in the first half to
claim a 38-31 halftime lead. Johnson made 6-of-7 field goals in the opening
frame and had 14 points at the break.
The Bruins were able to keep JSU at bay in the second half thanks to a perfect
17-of-17 effort at the foul line over the final 20 minutes.
The Bruins managed to get good looks at the basket throughout the game, as
they held a 42-24 scoring edge inside the paint.
03/02 16:17:14 ET