Franklin’s Three-Point Basket Rallies Jackson State Past Omaha

Darius Austin, Jackson State

Darius Austin, Jackson State

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Chace Franklin’s three-point basket with 1.5 seconds left rallied Jackson State to a 75-73 overtime victory past Omaha in the consolation round of the Emerald Coast Classic Saturday.

Franklin’s basket capped a comeback by Jackson State which had trailed 73-68 with 3:26 left in overtime.

The first five games of the Emerald Coast Classic have been determined by a combined output of 10 points.

Friday’s opening round saw four games determined by a combined total margin of eight points including semifinal wins by TCU over New Mexico (69-67) and St. Bonaventure over Maryland (63-61).

Omaha, off to an 0-7 start to the season, committed three straight turnovers after enjoying the five-point advantage. A layup by Paris Collins with 1:15 left pulled Jackson State within 73-72. Omaha’s KJ Robinson then missed a running jumper with 19 seconds remaining that set up Franklin’s game winning heroics.

Franklin led Jackson State (2-4) with 22 points, while Collins netted 21.

Zach Johnson, hitting four of five shots beyond the three-point arc, had 22 points for Omaha. Robinson collected 13 points, while Daniel Norihad 12 points.

The lead changed hands 16 times in regulation and the score was tied 11 times.

Nori sent the game into overtime, hitting a three-point basket with 10.2 seconds left.

Omaha shot 52 percent from the floor (26-50), including a sizzling 59.1 percent (13-22) in the second half.

Jackson State hit 44.8 percent (30-67) from the floor.