Jacksonville St. 87, Miles 64

Mason Leggett scored 17 points to lead four players in double

figures as Jacksonville State defeated Miles 87-64 in the season

opener for both teams Friday night.

Tarvin Gaines added 15 points while Rinaldo Mafra and Brian

Williams each had 10.

Jacksonville State broke open a close game in the first half

with a 19-4 run for a 41-23 lead, capped by a layup by Dion Waiters

with 6 minutes remaining in the half. The lead grew to 21 points

before Miles trimmed the deficit to 54-39 at halftime.

Miles trailed 76-63 with 7:27 left to play in the game before

the Gamecocks scored seven straight points to put the game

away.

The Gamecocks’ inside game made the difference as Miles was

outscored 42-10 in the paint, including 22-2 in the second

half.

Eric Lipkin led Miles with 23 points on 5 of 10 shooting from

3-point range.