Jackson State Gritty Victory: Jackson State guard Chase Adams secured the victory with a clutch jump shot, sinking host Missouri 73-72. Coach Mo Williams praised the team’s competitiveness, emphasizing the executed play that led to the game-winning shot.
The pivotal moment unfolded after Missouri’s Nick Honor missed a crucial free throw, with the score tied at 70. Williams strategically called a timeout, crafting a play that unfolded seamlessly.
Guard Ken Evans Jr., a standout with 22 points, played a vital role in the road trip, making winning plays throughout the season. Transfer Jordan O’Neal from Alabama State contributed 18 points, while Coltie Young, the resilient guard, added 14.
Williams highlighted the significance of beating an SEC opponent on the road, especially after 15 consecutive days away from home since November 5. O’Neal’s impressive 8-for-11 field goals and Young’s resilience, making key shots and free throws, were instrumental in the triumph.
Reducing turnovers and forcing Missouri into 18 mistakes proved crucial for Jackson State. Williams termed the victory a “signature win,” comparing it to last year’s triumph against SMU. The win against an upper-echelon SEC team boosts morale for the team.
Looking ahead, Jackson State (1-5) is set to face Georgetown (3-2) at Capital One Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m., marking the seventh game in a challenging stretch of 13 consecutive road games for the Tigers.