JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Tarvin Gaines scored 23 points and Jacksonville State led wire-to-wire in a 70-59 victory over Morehead State on Saturday night in Ohio Valley Conference play.
The Gamecocks (15-7, 7-4), who won their third straight game, avenged a quarterfinal loss to the Eagles in last season's OVC tournament.
Jacksonville State won convincingly despite being outrebounded 37-15 and getting only one offensive board. Morehead State had only a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points.
The Gamecocks started the game with an 11-0 spurt. After the Eagles (11-13, 5-5) got within four, at 18-14, Gaines scored seven points in another 11-0 burst to pull away.
Jacksonville State took its largest lead, 58-36, with 14 minutes left.