The Gamecocks have never beaten the Tigers in the building since joining the Ohio Valley Conference in 2003. They do have one win there, in 1999.
The loss Saturday was the Gamecocks’ 11th this season, matching their total for all of last season (17-11). They suffered their 11th loss last season on the final day of the season.
The Gamecocks (7-11, 1-2 OVC) got big outings off the bench from Avery Moore and D.J. Felder, but the Tigers (2-14, 1-2) beat back every comeback attempt they made. They trailed by five points or more nine times in the second half and pulled within a possession four times, but never drew even.
They got within 62-60 with just under two minutes to play, but OVC leading scorer Patrick Miller put a dagger in JSU’s comeback hopes with a long 3-pointer with 1:33 to go.
Felder scored 14 and Moore added 13 off the bench. They combined for 25 of JSU’s 30 points in the first half. The rest of the lineup shot 2 for 12 from the floor in the half.
Brian Williams led the Gamecocks with 19 points, 17 in the second half. Leading scorer Darion Rackley was held to only two — on a pair of second-half free throws.
Miller led TSU with 19 points, while M.J. Rhett grabbed 13 rebounds. The Tigers had been shooting less than 25 percent from behind the 3-point arc this season, but were 8 of 17 against the Gamecocks.
The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team came close to winning back-to-back road games for the first time in three years, but couldn’t close the deal.
Rachel Allen’s jumper with four seconds left in overtime sent the Gamecocks to a 78-76 loss to Tennessee State on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (4-12, 0-3 OVC), coming off a road win at Samford on New Year’s Day, held a three-point lead with 1:35 left in regulation and a two-point lead with less than one minute left in overtime.
They last won back-to-back road games in sweeping a road trip to Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State Jan. 6-8, 2011.
Gia Banks gave the Gamecocks a 75-74 lead with just over a minute to play in overtime and Candace Morton extended the lead with a free throw.
TSU’s Brianna Lawrence tied the game — for the 12th time — at 76 with 49 seconds left. From there, the Lady Tigers (4-11, 1-1) missed two free throws and a jumper from the floor — all by Allen — but Alana Morris rebounded the missed shot and fed Allen for the winning basket.
Allen missed a chance to win the game at the end of regulation.
The Gamecocks went 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half, but held a 70-67 lead with 1:35 left in regulation. TSU’s Chelsea Hudson, who led all scorers with 30 points, tied it with a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left.
Destany McLin led the Gamecocks with a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds. Morton added 20 points. Banks matched her career-high with 11.
Briana Morrow, who left the Gamecocks last December and recently had her eligibility reinstated at TSU, started against her former team and scored one point in 12 minutes.