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NCAA newcomer! Jacksonville State wins Ohio Valley crown

JSU upset regular-season champion Belmont in the semifinals and knocked off the West Division winner in the title game for their fourth straight win (Photo Courtesy JSU Athletics)

Greg Tucker scored all 14 of his points in the first half and Jacksonville State upset UT Martin 66-55 Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth.

A former Division II program, this was the first time the Gamecocks (20-14) had even reached the OVC Tournament final since joining the league for the 2003-04 season. They upset regular-season champion Belmont in the semifinals and knocked off the West Division winner in the title game for their fourth straight win.

Erik Durham led Jacksonville State with 17 points and Malcolm Drumwright added 13 as the Gamecocks became the first school in the country to earn an automatic NCAA Tournament bid this year.

UT Martin (21-12) had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost in the title game for a second straight year.

Jacolby Mobley led the Skyhawks with 18 points, Matthew Butler had 17 and Javier Martinez 13.



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