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Murray State defeats JSU

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The Jacksonville State men's basketball team's hard luck at Murray State continued on Saturday night, when the Racers pulled ahead and hung on for a 73-65 Ohio Valley Conference win over the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks (10-14, 4-5 OVC) led for most of the first half but couldn't overcome a late Racers (12-8, 7-1 OVC) run in dropping their ninth game at the CFSB Center in as many trips to the facility. It was JSU's eighth loss by 11 or fewer points in the nine-game skid at Murray.

Junior Darion Rackley scored 18 to lead all scorers, despite struggling from the floor. The St. Louis, Mo., native went 5-for-15 from the field but got to the free throw line seven times and made them all. He also had four rebounds, two assists and three steals in the loss.

Junior Avery Moore had 15 for the Gamecocks despite missing much of the second half tending to an injury. The native of Tallahassee, Fla., went 4-for-8 from behind the arc. Senior Brian Williams scored 14 for JSU, nine of which came in the first half, and dished four assists.

The Gamecocks had a tough night in the post, where three JSU players fouled out of the game and foul trouble affected them all night. Senior Nick Cook was called for his fifth foul with more than 10 minutes to play, while juniors D.J. Felder and Jamal Hunter each fouled out down the stretch.

The Racers took advantage of the Gamecocks' foul trouble in the post, outrebounding JSU 40-25, including a 13-board effort from Jonathan Fairell. With nine points, he was one of only five MSU players that scored, but they all had at least nine.

Cameron Payne and Jeffery Moss each had 16 for Murray State, while Jarvis Williams added 10 and Dexter Fields 10. T.J. Sapp added nine off of the bench.

COURTESY: JSU Media Relations

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