JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State opened the men's basketball season with a bang, crushing Tennessee Wesleyan 100-42 Friday.

The Gamecocks raced out to a 44-21 halftime lead and never were threatened. They dominated in the paint, outscoring the visitors 38-12 and holding a 45-26 advantage in rebounds. JSU didn't take many 3-pointers, but it made them count, hitting 6-of-11 from behind the arc.

Maurice Dunlap and Marlon Hunter led the Gamecocks' balanced scoring attack with 12 points each. Jamall Gregory and Malcolm Drumwright each had 11 points. Jason Burnell scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Christian Cunningham tallied six points and nine boards. Johnson Decembre's nine points led Tennessee Wesleyan.

JSU next plays Monday at 11 a.m. against Richmond in the Cayman Islands Classic.

 

WOMEN

JSU 103, Brewton Parker 44

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville State women's basketball team won its first season-opener since the 2010-11 season, and did it in dominating fashion reaching triple digits on the scoreboard for the first time in 10 years.

JSU (1-0) defeated NAIA Brewton Parker (2-2) 103-44, matching its points total from a double-overtime contest at Eastern Illinois on Feb. 1, 2007. The 59-point margin of victory is the largest since JSU topped the Barons last season by 63 in an 89-26 decision.

Junior transfer Brianna Perry shined in her official Gamecock debut with 14 points. Junior Rayven Pearson came off the bench for the first double-double of the year with 13 points and 12 boards. Meanwhile, Chloe Long returned for 12 points after missing last season with injury.

By halftime, Jax State was shooting 51-percent from the floor and owned a 61-26 lead.

The Gamecocks quickly turn their attention to nationally-ranked Florida State, which visits Pete Mathews Coliseum on Nov. 12.