Jacksonville St. 78, Eastern Illinois 73
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP)—Trent Eager recorded his second career double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks to a 78-73 Ohio Valley Conference win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night.
Walker Russell finished with 16 points, followed by Carl Brown with 14 and Emerson Brown added 10 for the Gamecocks (11-9, 4-5).
The teams battled through three lead changes and five ties in the first half as the game was tied at 33-33 at halftime.
Jacksonville State took its largest lead of the night, 66-60, after Eager scored on a dunk with 3:01 remaining and the Gamecocks would not trail again.
Eastern Illinois (3-15, 1-7) cut the lead to two points with 16 seconds left after Emanuel Dildy sank a pair of free throws, but the Gamecocks sank 5-of-6 free throws for the final margin.
Jesse Mackinson led Eastern Illinois with 12 points, while Dildy and Josh Gomes finished with 11 each. Aaron Patterson and Derik Hollyfield each scored 10.