Giga's double-double helps Jacksonville St. top Morehead St.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Norbertas Giga had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and Jason Burnell scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to help Jacksonville State beat Morehead State 76-69 on Saturday night.
Maurice Dunlap added 10 points and Malcolm Drumwright had nine points and eight assists for Jacksonville State (11-4, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference).
Jamall Gregory scored back-to-back baskets and Drumwright hit a 3-pointer before Gregory made a steal and found Burnell for a dunk to cap a 10-0 run that tied it at 43-all just over five minutes into the second half. Londell King's layup gave Morehead State a five-point lead about five minutes later, but Giga scored five points and Drumwright added four during a 9-0 spurt that gave the Gamecocks a 58-54 lead with six minutes left.
The Eagles pulled within one point after a 3 by Lamontray Harris about two minutes later, but Burnell answered with a 3-point play and Jacksonville State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to pull away.
King finished with 15 points and a career-best 14 rebounds, and Djimon Henson also scored 15 for Morehead State (4-9, 0-2). The Eagles have lost three in a row.
The Gamecocks trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but made 14 of 27 from the field and 16 of 21 free throws in the second.
Updated December 30, 2017