JSU carves out win over NAIA Martin Methodist
by Al Muskewitz
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JACKSONVILLE — It might have been only an exhibition, but it was still a little too close for James Green’s comfort.

Jacksonville State won its second preseason game 80-78 over Martin Methodist on Monday, but it was more hold on than pull out.

The Gamecocks were only 6 of 16 from the free throw line in the final 3:53 after the NAIA Red Hawks tied the game at 70 — but they never fell behind. They were 18 of 35 for the game.

“We definitely have to do a better job at the line,” Green said. “Getting there 35 times is wonderful, but you’ve got to (convert).

“Not only can you capitalize and you keep teams at bay, but it demoralizes you a little bit when you’re not able to capitalize. It’s almost like, ‘Please don’t foul me.’ But I know we’ll get better at that.”

Despite the foul shooting, it was a big night for D.J. Felder. The junior college transfer scored 13 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, blocked three shots and had two steals.

The rebounds would have set a JSU Division I-era single-game record had it been a regular-season game.

“That’s special even though it didn’t count for anything,” Felder said. “That’s one of my goals, to break the school record for rebounds here.

“Coach called me and told me we were weak in rebounds. Coach (Eugene) Harris said that all the time. We work so hard in rebounding, I wanted to make it a pivotal point tonight for me to rebound, because tomorrow in practice when coach watches the film we know it’s not going to be pretty if we don’t.”

Preseason All-OVC guard Brian Williams led the Gamecocks with 24 points. Darion Rackley added 18. Williams was 7 of 9 from the line.

Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. Twitter: @almusky_star.
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