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Mostella, Gregory lift Jacksonville State past UT Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Detrick Mostella scored 21 points and Jamall Gregory made several clutch free throws down the stretch to lead Jacksonville State past UT Martin 88-81 in an Ohio Valley Conference tournament quarterfinal on Thursday night.

Mostella and Gregory's efforts helped the Gamecocks (24-8) overcome a 35-point game by Quintin Dove of the Skyhawks (12-19).

UT Martin, looking for its second upset of the tournament, led 43-33 at halftime before Jacksonville State went on a 26-8 run to open the second half. However, the Gamecocks' 59-51 lead would be their largest of the game until there were two minutes remaining. Gregory made seven consecutive free throws in a three-minute span as the Gamecocks turned a 68-65 lead into an 82-73 advantage with 1:26 remaining.

Third-seeded Jacksonville State moves on to play No. 2 Murray State in the semifinals on Friday night. Top-seeded Belmont plays No. 4 Austin Peay in the other semifinal.

Updated March 8, 2019

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