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Jacksonville State loses at EKU

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The Jacksonville State's men's basketball team matched preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite Eastern Kentucky blow-for-blow for much of the night on Saturday before a late spurt and clutch free throw shooting pushed the Colonels to a 60-56 win over the Gamecocks.

Senior Brian Williams scored 16 and junior Darion Rackley added 12 for the Gamecocks (9-13, 3-4 OVC), but the Colonels (13-6, 4-2 OVC) needed every bit of Eric Stutz's 20 and Glenn Cosey's 17 to hang on for their 10th win over JSU in as many games at McBrayer Arena.

On a night that saw 10 ties and 12 lead changes, nine in the second half, the free throw line proved to be the difference for EKU. The Colonels converted on 27 of their 31 attempts from the stripe, including a second half that saw them go 18-for-20 and make 13 of their last 14. JSU got to the line 24 times but made just 16, including an 11-for-19 (.579) second-half effort.

COURTESY: JSU Media Relations

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