Jacksonville State’s Courtney Bradley hit a three-pointer with 3:04 remaining to give the host team the lead for good as the Gamecocks scored the final 10 points in a 66-56 win over the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Thursday night in Mathews Coliseum. The win snaps an eight-game losing streak for Jacksonville State (4-14, 2-7 OVC) while the Colonels (10-7, 5-4) have now dropped three straight road games.

Sophomore Mike Rose led three EKU players in double figures with 15 points. Senior Julian Mascoll chipped in with 13 points and junior Darnell Dialls added 10 second-half tallies.

For Jacksonville State, Bradley posted a game-high 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half. Meanwhile, DeAndre Bray came off the bench to finish with eight assists and five points.

Three-pointers from Rose, sophomore Harrison Brown and senior Michael Brock helped put the Colonels ahead early, 14-8. EKU maintained its slim cushion throughout most of the period and took a 22-16 lead with 2:18 left thanks to a Mascoll dunk. However, Jacksonville State finished the half on a 10-3 run, capped by a Bray old-fashioned three-point play with three seconds remaining, and went into the locker room ahead, 26-25.

The second half featured six lead changes and four ties. EKU jumped out of the gates quickly and scored the first seven points to regain the advantage, 32-26. Dialls’ third bucket of the period gave the Colonels their largest lead of the game, 38-31. From there, Jacksonville State responded with 10 straight points, highlighted by one of Bradley’s four three-pointers, to earn a 41-38 edge.

JSU managed to stretch its lead to five on two different occasions over the next several minutes, but a Mascoll three-pointer with 4:50 left put the Colonels back on top, 54-53. A Bradley three-point play followed by a Rose basket evened the score with 3:21 remaining, 56-all. Bradley then netted a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Gamecocks the lead for good, 59-56.

Neither team would score again until JSU’s Harold Crow hit a pull-up jumper with :44 remaining to push the Gamecock cushion back to five, 61-56. The Colonels missed their final five field goal attempts of the game while Jacksonville State went 5-of-6 at the free throw line in the last 30 seconds to secure the victory.

EKU concludes its Alabama road swing on Saturday at Samford. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

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