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Christian Williams scored 22 points to lead Jackson State to a 66-59 win over Alabama State on Thursday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
Williams was 6 of 13 from the field for the game for the second-seeded Tigers. Jeff Stubbs scored 18 points. Willie Readus and Derrell Taylor had seven rebounds apiece.
No. 5 seed Alabama State led 31-30 at halftime and shot 41 percent from the field for the game, while Jackson State shot 36.5 percent. But the Hornets had 12 turnovers, and Jackson State (11-17) had the advantage in rebounding 40-35. Also, ASU only connected on 11 of its 20 free throw attempts while JSU hit 23 of their 27 attempts.
“We just needed to hit our free throws,” ASU coach Lewis Jackson said. “When you get to the free-throw line in tournament play you have to make those count, and we just did not do that today. They went to the line and made almost everyone, and in these types of games, you have to step up there with confidence and make things happen.”
Phillip Crawford had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets (10-22). Denaell McDaniel had 15 points, and Joshua Freelove added 11. Bobby Brown had a team-high 11 rebounds.
Jackson State will play Prairie View today.
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