Game Notes: Jacksonville State
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team returns home to Pete Mathews Coliseum for its 2021-22 home opener against Alabama A&M on Saturday afternoon.
The Gamecocks (0-1) host the visiting Bulldogs (1-0) in a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday for the first meeting between the two schools since 2019. That meeting went the way of AAMU with a 67-62 decision in Normal, Ala., for the second-straight win in the series. JSU last beat A&M on Nov. 25, 2014, but continues to lead the all-time series 10-5 since the programs first played in 1982.
Coming off a thrilling opener at Wichita State on Tuesday night that JSU just ended up on the wrong end of after a last-seconds game-winning shot, seniors Kayne Henry and Darian Adams look to continue their strong start after scoring 15 and 14 in the opener, respectively.
The Bulldogs are coming off a win over former Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State in their first game of the year. With JSU trying to find their first win, the Gamecocks will work to extend a stretch of eight-straight win in home openers. That span obviously includes a 5-0 mark since the arrival of head coach Ray Harper who is two wins shy of becoming just the fourth head coach in program history with 100 or more victories.
Saturday’s contest will stream on ESPN+ and be the only home action during the month of November before Jax State’s next home contest on December 5. JSU Students and all fans ages 18 and under receive free admission to all JSU home basketball games.