JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Jamel Waters scored 18 points, Steve Rogers added 16 and Alabama State had its best defensive game of the year to defeat Jacksonville State 63-60.
Waters’ free throw with 48 seconds left put the Hornets (4-4) up 60-53 but the Gamecocks (3-9) quickly closed it to 61-60 on JaQuail Townser’s 3-point play with 14 seconds left.
Waters calmly made two free throws two seconds later and Townser’s 3-pointer was off the mark with three seconds left.
Townser scored 14 points and Jeremy Watson and Cam Biedscheid had 13 each for Jacksonville State, which had a 12-point lead in the first half and led 30-25 at the break.
Alabama A&M, which was allowing opponents to shoot 52 percent overall and 39 percent on 3s, held the Gamecocks to 40 percent, 3 of 16 from 3-point range.
The Hornets, who have been outrebounded by eight a game, won the boards 44-34.