Jacksonville St. 82, Alabama St. 68
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Tracey Posey scored 16 points to lead three players in double figures as Jacksonville State defeated Alabama State 82-68 Thursday night in the UAB Classic.
Jacksonville State (5-3) led the entire second half, increasing the margin to as many as 22. The Hornets (2-5) got to within 14 points four times.
Posey pushed the Gamecocks to a 39-24 halftime lead with 10 points in the first half. He scored JSU’s first 6 points as the Gamecocks opened a 26-11 lead over the first 13 minutes.
Rusty Brand had 12 points and 18 rebounds for Jacksonville State. Kenny Sorenson added 12, and Kris Weldon had 11.
Darrick McGriff led Alabama State with a game-high 24 points. Gene Talley had 16, and Reginald Harris added 12.
Alabama State made it to the foul line only four times, making one.
The Gamecocks face host team Alabama-Birmingham in Friday’s championship game. Alabama State faces texas-Arlington in the consolation game.