Jacksonville St. 55, Southern U. 50

Stephen Hall scored 13 points and Jacksonville State defeated

Southern University 55-50 on Saturday in the first meeting between

the two schools.

The Gamecocks survived poor shooting by scoring 20 points off 20

Southern turnovers in the Skip Prosser Tournament. Jacksonville

State (3-6), which snapped a four-game losing streak, shot only

29.8 percent (17 of 57) from the field.

Southern led 21-20 at halftime and built a 42-35 lead with 9:24

remaining before the Gamecocks began their comeback. The Gamecocks

went on an 18-4 run, capped by two free throws by Darion Rackley,

to grab a 53-46 lead with 44 seconds remaining in the game.

Tarvin Gaines added 12 points for the Gamecocks, whose past five

games have been decided by eight points or less.

Derick Beltran scored 20 points for Southern, who had its lowest

point total since a 64-45 loss to Alabama A&M on Feb. 21,