Feb 2, 2013 9:52 PM
The Jacksonville State men's basketball drilled a season-high 66 percent from the field, including 74 percent in the first half, en route to a 70-59 victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at Mathews Coliseum.
The Gamecocks improve to 15-7 overall, 7-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 8-3 at home with their third consecutive win. The Eagles fall to 11-13 on the year, 5-5 in league play and 3-10 away from Johnson Arena with an 0-2 road trip.
"This game was frustrating and totally unacceptable," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "I have no answers right now. The mistakes we are making aren't even Division I mistakes."
Jacksonville State connected on 17-of-23 from the floor before intermission and 10-of-18 (56 percent) in the second half on its way to 27-of-41 for the game. The Gamecocks were also credited with 20 assists, including 12 before the break.
Senior Tarvin Gaines, senior Ronnie Boggs and junior Brian Williams combined for 60 Jacksonville State points on 23-of-31 from the floor. Gaines poured in a game-high 23 points, while Boggs contributed 19 and Williams added 18.
Jacksonville State used two separate 11-0 spurts in the first half to build a 40-24 advantage with 1:49 remaining before the break. The Gamecocks pushed the lead to a game-high 22 points with 14 minutes left in the second period.
Morehead State, which began the day last in the OVC with 17.1 turnovers per game, committed 25 miscues. Jacksonville State converted the turnovers into 34 points. The Gamecocks also posted an 18-8 upper hand in fast-break points.
"That was the ball game, points off turnovers," Woods said. "We turned the ball over before we even had a chance to execute our half-court offense."
Freshman Jourdan Stickler topped Morehead State with a career-high 12 points, while senior Milton Chavis and junior Drew Kelly added 10 apiece. Junios Taariq Muhammad and Jarrett Stokes led the Eagles with five assists each.
"I told Jourdan that he didn't do anything spectacular, he just did what we asked him to do," Woods added. "Everyone should take him as an example. Just go in and do what we ask you to do."
Morehead State did manage a 37-15 rebounding edge. The Eagles are now +130 in that department over the last 11 contests. Senior Kahlil Owens paced MSU with six rebounds, while no Gamecock posted more than three boards.
"Yes, we out-rebounded them, but you can't turn the ball over when you get a rebound or a steal," Woods said.
Morehead State will play its next four OVC games at home, beginning with a Feb. 9 match-up against rival Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. ET.