Jacksonville College shot 85-percent (22-27) from the free throw line to turn back a pesky Northwestern (La.) State JV team, 83-73, Monday night in the Jaguars' home opener that was played before an etimated crowd of 550 at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
“We've, thankfully, done a great job at the free throw line all year, so I'm not surprised at all with our success there on Monday,” JC head coach, Jody Bailey, said. “We have better free throw shooters this year than we have had in the past and free throw shooting, so far, has been one of the brighter spots of our game.”
JC came into play Monday hitting 68.9-percent from the line.
The Jags (2-5) ended a four-game losing streak with the win.
The JC men Will travel to the Trinity Valley Classic on Friday and Saturday where they will face NJCAA Region V's Clarendon at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Kingdom Prep of Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tuesday's game was close all the way with the Demons coming back from a 15-point deficit to pull within five points, 73-68, with 1:11 to play in the affair.
Derrick Modest, who paced JC in scoring with 19 points, then buried a deuce and turned it into a 3-point play after being fouled while in the act of shooting on the Jags' next trip down the floor.
Chris Campbell then tossed in a a pair from the charity stripe to extend the Jag advantage to 78-68. with 42 ticks showing on the scoreboard.
“Chris Campbell was making his first start at point guard for us,” Bailey said. “We've struggled at times this year at point, so we moved Chris over from the No. 2 guard spot and I think he responded well and he made some good decisions out there for us.”
JC led 34-31 at the break.