Monday, March 14, 2016

Jackson State faces Sam Houston in postseason tournament

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Jackson State and Sam Houston State, two teams eliminated from their conference tournaments by buzzer-beating baskets, will meet in a Tournament post-season first round game Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

In just his third season as head coach, Wayne Brent has his Jackson State participating in post-season player for the first time since 2007 when they defeated Alabama State.

JSU brings a 19-15 record to the game Monday night. Raeford Worsham, who scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the championship final, leads JSU.

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The Bearkats fell 79-76 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night after an Islander three-pointer with seven seconds left. Jackson State lost to Southern 54-53 on a last second basket Saturday in the finals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

With no starters returning from last year’s 26-9 squad that reached the CIT second round, three reserve players stepped up as starters this year. Juniors Aurimas Majauskas and Dakarai Henderson lead the team with scoring averages of 14.2 points each. Both were 2016 All-Southland Conference selections.

Sophomore Jamal Williams adds 9.3 points per game and ranks high in the Southland with 4.7 assists per game as the Kats’ point guard. Transfer Jovante’ Spivey and red-shirt freshman Albert Almanza have posted scoring averages of 8.4 and 6.8 points per game, respectively.

Two years ago, Sam Houston defeated Alabama State 71-49 in the CIT first round and lost to San Diego 77-72 in the second round. Last season, the Bearkats knocked off UNC-Wilmington 87-71 in the CIT first round before falling 71-70 to Louisiana-Lafayette.


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