Presbyterian 59, Jacksonville St. 55

Walt Allen and Jake Troyli each scored 14 points, and

Presbyterian held off Jacksonville State 59-55 on Saturday


The Blue Hose (5-23) saw a 15-point lead shrink to 55-53 with 24

seconds remaining in the game, as Stephen Hall’s jumper capped a

17-6 run for the Gamecocks (11-17). Troyli hit four free throws in

the final seconds to preserve the win for the Blue Hose.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Blue Hose, who

entered the game having lost eight of their past nine games.

The Blue Hose shot 66.7 percent (14 of 21) in the first half and

ended the game at 47.6 percent (20 of 42) from the field.

Nick Murphy scored 17 points, Hall added 12 and Jeremy Bynum had

11 for the Gamecocks, who dropped their fourth straight game and

sixth out of their past seven.

Jacksonville made only 38 percent (19 of 50) of its field goal