Murray State beats Jacksonville State 63-56

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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP)—Kevin Thomas scored 14 points and Murray State defeated Jacksonville State 63-56 on Thursday night.

The Gamecocks led 28-26 at halftime, before Murray State (8-8, 3-3 Ohio Valley Conference) went on a 6-2 run to take a 32-30 lead on a Thomas 3-pointer with 17:53 to play.

The two teams swapped leads throughout the rest of the game with Jacksonville State (8-7, 2-4) taking a 47-46 advantage with 7:42 to play on a Nick Murphy jump shot. Murray State’s Tom Easley then scored six unanswered points, to give the Racers a 52-47 lead with 4 minutes left. The Gamecocks didn’t lead the rest of the game.

Isacc Miles added 13 points and three blocks and Jeffery McClain chipped in 10 points for Murray State.

The Gamecocks were led by Brandon Crawford and Jeremy Bynum with 13 points each. Amadou Mbodji grabbed 10 rebounds.

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 Top Performers
 Murray St.
Kevin Thomas Kevin Thomas
4-6,  14 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Jacksonville St.
Amadou Mbodji Amadou Mbodji
4-4,  8 Pts
10 Rebs, 1 Assists

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