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JSU men: Gamecocks get rain delayed, believe it or not, before falling to Valparaiso

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Jacksonville State finally got on the floor Monday night in the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship in Nassau, Bahamas, and fell to Valparaiso 78-70.

JSU originally was set to open the tournament against Abilene Christian, but the school announced its team wouldn't participate because of COVID-19 protocols. Organizers reshuffled the bracket, and JSU wound up facing Valparaiso.

The game was delayed because of a leak in the roof after an afternoon thunderstorm, which caused a break in the action between Drexel and Tulane -- a basketball game with an interruption because of a rain delay.

JSU was set to tip off at 5:30 p.m., but that was changed to 8 p.m.

Because of the leaky roof, the main court wasn't useable, and the games were switched to a practice court. Also, the Drexel/Tulane game went into overtime, so JSU and Valparaiso didn't begin warming up until 9 p.m.

Four to know

—JSU junior Demaree King finished 7-of-11 from 3-point range and scored a season-best 23 points. That's one short of his career high.

—Brandon Huffman had 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

—Darian Adams compiled 15 points and five assists before fouling out.

—The Gamecocks will not play Tuesday because of the uneven seven-team bracket. Their Wednesday opponent is to be determined.

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