Despite a second-half surge from the Gamecocks offense and record-setting night for senior Christian Cunningham, the Jacksonville State men's basketball team was unable to overcome a 19-point halftime deficit at Samford on Friday. The Gamecocks fell 92-72 in their season debut.
Cunningham became JSU's career blocks leader in Friday's contest, picking up two rejections before the end of the first half. A block of Brandon Austin tied the record, and his swat on a Ruben Guerrero shot was the 163rd of his career. He surpassed the previous record of 162, held by Amadou Mbodji since 2010.
Bulldogs guard Josh Sharkey highlighted the Samford victory with a double-double performance on 22 points and 10 assists, while pitching in eight steals and five rebounds.
Four Gamecocks ended the night with double-digit points. Jason Burnell led the attack with 16 points, followed by 13 each from Ty Hudson and Marlon Hunter. Cunningham finished with 10 points and four blocks.
Texas Tech 71, Jacksonville State women 58: A strong third quarter by Texas Tech propelled the Lady Raiders past Jacksonville State on Friday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
Tech (1-0) put together a 22-point third quarter and broke a 40-40 deadlock with 5:15 left in the third period with a 10-0 scoring run. The JSU drought ended with a 3-pointer by Yamia Johnson with 1:26 left in the quarter, but the Gamecocks (1-1) trailed the rest of the way.
Redshirt senior Destiny Elliott led all Gamecock scorers with 14 points and shared team-high honors in rebounds with seven. Senior Rayven Pearson added 10 points in the setback, while Taylor Hawks turned in seven points. JSU also got seven points off the bench from sophomore Jessie Day. Redshirt junior Chloe Long pulled down seven rebounds to equal Elliott.
Three Lady Raiders reached double figures in the scoring column, led by Erin DeGrate's game-high 17 points. Chrislyn Carr pitched in 16 points, while Brittany Brewer posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Zuri Sanders grabbed a game-high 16 boards.