Williams leads Gamecocks past Austin Peay
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Jacksonville State made some basketball history Thursday night with the help of a big game from its most experienced senior and some clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch.

The Gamecocks beat Austin Peay 71-59, winning in the Dunn Center for the first time ever. It was their first win in 10 trips to the facility.

Senior Brian Williams tied his career high with 25 points and set a couple of Division I era school longevity records in the process. It was his 89th career start for the Gamecocks and ran his career minutes to 3,444. He also moved into second place on JSU’s Division I scoring list (1,205 points).

Williams, one of four Gamecocks in double figures, scored 17 points in second half, including 11 in a row at one point. He was 7 of 10 from the floor.

The Gamecocks (10-13, 4-4 OVC) were 17 of 18 from the foul line, their best percentage as a team since going 23 of 24 at UT Martin in February 2012. They were 10 for 10 in the final minute to thwart any comeback bid by the Govs (8-12, 2-4).

Darion Rackley had 15 points, D.J. Felder 11 and Avery Moore 10. Will Triggs led Peay with 16.

After winning at Peay, the Gamecocks will look to break through at another gym they have yet to win in the OVC when they play at Murray State on Saturday.

They beat Peay and Murray in back-to-back games at home last season. It was their first win ever over the Racers.
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