Jacksonville State hands Murray State first OVC loss 76-71 (Jan 11, 2018)

BY AP • January 11, 2018

JAACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Marlon Hunter scored 21 points and Malcolm Drumwright added 20, including the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left, and Jacksonville State handed Murray State its first league loss 76-71 on Thursday night.

Jason Burnell and Christian Cunningham added 12 points apiece for the Gamecocks (13-5, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who led by 19 points with 11:39 to play.

Jonathan Stark had 22 of his 29 points and six of his seven 3-pointers, in the second half to rally the Racers (12-4, 4-1), who had won five straight. Starks had a 3-pointer in a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to nine with 8:31 to play. His two 3-pointers after Ja Morant's 3-point play made it 69-65 with 1:14 to go.

In the last 62 seconds, the Gamecocks made 7 of 8 free throws, four by Drumwright, to offset the last two 3s by Stark.

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