Gene Davis closed the first half with a 3-point play to give the Hornets a one point lead.
After the break, the lead changed hands six times before the Tigers (12-18, 9-8) managed to reclaim it with a 7-0 run. Gee hit a free throw and a 3-pointer in the midst of a 6-0 that tied it with 3:01 left. After a Maurice Rivers jumper for JSU, Gee hit 3 of 5 free throws to give Alabama State the lead. Jackson State's Jeremiah Bozeman missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Tobi Ewuosho hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 62-60 Johnson rejected Bolden's attempt.
James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.