Stephen Hall scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures and Jacksonville State beat West Alabama 93-64 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Jeremy Bynum, Jay Strowbridge and Trenton Marshall scored 17 points each for the Gamecocks and Amadou Mbodji added 11.
The Gamecocks led by two at halftime and needed two big spurts in the second half to pull away. Leading 61-55, the Gamecocks went on a 19-5 run to take an 80-60 lead with 3:18 remaining. Amadou and Hall scored seven points each during the run.
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The Gamecocks used a 13-2 run to close out the game.
Jason Swanson led the Tigers with 11 points.
The Gamecocks got five blocks, including three by Mbodji.
Turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Tigers, as they shot 36 percent (23-for-63) and had 15 turnovers.