Jacksonville State (3-0) at (18) UNLV (1-0)
Saturday, November 17, 10 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) -- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: JSU 3-0, UNLV 1-0. Away Record: JSU 0-0, UNLV
0-0. Neutral Record: JSU 0-0, UNLV 0-0. Conference Record: JSU 0-0, UNLV 0-0.
Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: With three straight home wins to kick off the 2012-13 season to
their credit, the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State now take their act on the
road as they challenge 18th-ranked UNLV as part of the Global Sports Classic
at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The Gamecocks, members of the Ohio Valley Conference, have had some easy
opponents on the schedule in the early going. The group started off with a 30-
point win over Reinhardt, continued with a 61-54 triumph versus Eastern
Michigan, and added a convincing 79-61 beating of Alabama A&M on Thursday.
A favorite to rule in the Mountain West Conference this season, the Runnin'
Rebels have played just a single game to this point, a 92-54 romp over
Northern Arizona in an earlier round in this event.
Following this first-ever meeting between JSU and UNLV, the Gamecocks will be
involved in preliminary round action in this tourney yet again on Monday as
they take on Oregon, while the next step in this event for the Rebels is a
meeting with the same Oregon squad on Friday, Nov. 23 in this same building.
The defense for the Gamecocks was on point against Alabama A&M two nights ago
as they limited the visitors to just 36.8 percent shooting from the floor,
including 1-of-12 behind the three-point line. From an offensive standpoint,
JSU was paced by Ronnie Boggs and Tarvin Gaines who both tallied 15 points and
also combined for 14 rebounds. Starting guard Nick Cook accounted for 10
points and six rebounds, while reserve Chris Deanes tacked on 12 points in 22
minutes of action in order to help the squad to overcome 17 turnovers and just
2-of-10 accuracy on the perimeter. Through three games, Boggs leads a group of
four double-digit scorers with his 12.0 ppg, shooting a staggering 68.0
percent from the floor. Brian Williams and Darion Rackley are in for 11.7 ppg
apiece and Gaines another 11.0 ppg, although between the four of them they've
shot just 6-of-35 from out on the perimeter.
It may have been just one game, but the Runnin' Rebels sure know how to make
an entrance as they not only had five players score in doubled figures as the
team shot an even 50 percent from the floor, the defense also limited NAU to
just 25 percent from the field and forced the visitors into 18 turnovers.
Perhaps most surprising was, that during the lopsided victory, Mike Moser
finished with a mere two points, although he did clear a team-best 11
rebounds. Taking the scoring lead for the hosts was Anthony Bennett with his
22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Off the bench it was Bryce
DeJean-Jones with 15 points, hitting 3-of-4 behind the three-point line, while
Anthony Marshall and Katin Reinhardt accounted for 14 points apiece, the
former handing out six assists as he made good on all six of his shot
attempts. Savon Goodman played just 16 minutes off the bench, but that was
enough for him to generate 11 points and five boards, as the team steam-rolled
NAU on the glass, 51-29.
Even with Moser struggling to score in the opener the Rebels still crushed the
Lumberjacks and odds are JSU can expect similar treatment tonight as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UNLV 87, Jacksonville State 65
11/17 10:30:20 ET
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