The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team got back on track after their 78-64 win over Jacksonville State University Saturday night.
The victory improves the Golden Eagles’ OVC record to 3-8 and splits the season matchups with JSU after losing to the Gamecocks Dec. 29.
“These are the kind of wins that a team needs late in the season to make a push for the tournament,” David Seaton, junior wildlife management major, said.
Tech took at 25-24 lead into the locker room at halftime but proved to be too much for the Gamecocks to handle in the second half, outscoring JSU 53-40.
Senior guard, Judd Dillard got his ninth double-double of the season scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Junior guard Dennis Ogbe also knocked down 18 points and pulled down four rebounds helping the Golden Eagles dominate JSU on the boards 36-19.
Dillard was 14 for 14 at the stripe doing exactly what coach Steve Payne asked of his men at practice earlier in the week.
“We’ve got to get to the rim, draw some contact and knock down our free throws,” said Payne.
Dillard and Ogbe lead the Golden Eagles in scoring with their 18 points each while junior Brian Williams lead the Gamecocks with 22 points and 4 assists.
The Golden Eagles will be visiting Morehead State University Feb. 16 before returning for Academic Excellence Night at The Hoop to host the University of Tennessee at Martin Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.