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JSU men: Cross has 13 points, eight rebounds as Gamecocks lose opener

Basketball teaser

With only one starter back from a year ago, the young Jacksonville State men's basketball team opened its season with a 72-63 loss at SMU on Tuesday night.

Jacara Cross, one of two seniors on the team, tied for team-high honors in points (13) and rebounds (eight) while playing a team-high 28 minutes.

Five to know

—JSU started senior guard Ty Hudson, junior guard Elias Harden, guard/forward Kayne Henry, sophomore center Maros Zeliznak and Cross. Hudson started all 33 games last season.

—Sophomore De'Torrion Ware came off the bench to provide 13 points, three rebounds and a steal, while Henry added 10 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Cook passed out a team-high four assists.

—JSU got 40 points off the bench as 10 players got at least 14 minutes of action.

—JSU trailed only 31-24 at halftime, but SMU led by as much as 17 at 56-39 with 9:55 to play in the game. JSU never led.

—The Gamecocks (0-1) will face Brescia at home Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. before hitting the road for six straight games.

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.