LORMAN, Miss. -- Marquis Vance scored 15 points, hitting a perfect 8 for 8 from the free-throw line, to lead Alcorn State to a 64-51 win over Jackson State on Saturday night.
Alcorn State (4-11, 1-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) fueled its victory with a big first half, hitting 50 percent from the field while holding Jackson State to just 6-for-21 shooting and took a 32-16 lead into the break. It was too big of a margin for the Tigers (5-10, 1-2) to erase despite outscoring the Braves 35-32 in the second half.
Jackson State trailed the entire game but narrowed the gap to 14 in the second half with a 7-0 run sparked by a Julysses Nobles layup.
Derell Taylor led the Tigers with nine points.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.
Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Badgers for his senior season.
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