Brackins scores 28 to lead Cyclones past JSU 66-60

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AMES, Iowa (AP)—Sophomore Craig Brackins had 28 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as Iowa State beat Jacksonville State 66-60 Saturday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Diante Garrett added eight points for the Cyclones (7-3), who allowed the Gamecocks to whittle a 15-point deficit down to three late in the second half before putting the game away.

Jacksonville State (6-3), which trailed by as much as 42-27, went on a 12-2 run to get within 52-49 with 5:20 left. But Brackins nailed a dunk off a spin move and Garrett hit two layups to push the Cyclones lead back to 60-51.

The Gamecocks inched back within 62-58 with 42 seconds left before Iowa State ended the drama by hitting four free throws.

Jonathan Toles and Nick Murphy each had 18 points for Jacksonville State, which lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

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 Jacksonville St.
Jonathan Toles Jonathan Toles
5-14,  18 Pts
3 Rebs, 5 Assists
 Iowa St.
Craig Brackins Craig Brackins
12-17,  28 Pts
17 Rebs, 1 Assists

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