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Courtesy of Jackson State Athletics
JONESBORO, Ark. – Ken Evans collected 32 points to help lead the Jackson State men’s basketball team to a 75-71 road win over the Arkansas State Red Wolves Tuesday night at the First National Bank Arena.
Evans added five rebounds and two steals to his 32-point game to lead the Tigers (2-6). Jordan O’Neal helped out with four points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and Chase Adams chipped in with 10 points and two steals coming off the bench.
Zeke Cook led Jackson State with eight of the team’s 44 rebounds in the game, compared to Arkansas State’s 30. The Tigers also put in work on the offensive glass, turning 15 rebounds into 12 second-chance points.
The Jackson State defense held Arkansas State shooters to only 38.9 percent from the field.
How It Happened
After falling behind 36-26, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run with 2:09 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Cook, to narrow their deficit to 36-33. Jackson State’s deficit remained unchanged as they entered halftime trailing 38-35.
Arkansas State kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 56-50 advantage before Jackson State went on an 8-0 run to seize a 58-56 lead with 9:14 to go in the contest. The Tigers kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way for the 75-71 win. Jackson State got a boost from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for 15 of its 40 total points.
- The Tigers held the Red Wolves to only 38.9 percent shooting from the field.
- Jackson State had a 44-30 edge on the boards in the win.
- The Tigers actively affected shots on the defensive end, recording six blocks as a team.
- Jackson State cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 15 offensive boards in the game.
- Evans has now scored double figures in seven games and 20 or more points in five games.
- Evans made a career-high 12 free throws.
- Jackson State got a game-high eight rebounds from Zeke Cook.
- Jodan O’Neal recorded a career-high five blocks.
- The Tigers shot a season-high 29 free throws.
- JSU tied a season-high six blocks.
The Tigers will be off until December 9, when they travel to Houston to face the No. 6/5-ranked Cougars of the University of Houston. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip and will be played at the Fertitta Center.