Belmont 78, Jacksonville St. 71
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)
Belmont controlled much of the first half and never trailed after halftime. Jacksonville State cut the score to 47-45 on Ronnie Boggs' 3-pointer with 14:34 left in the second half, but the Bruins answered with a run of their own.
Clark's 3-pointer capped an 11-3 run for Belmont, giving it a 10-point advantage with 10:51 left to play. Jacksonville State cut the deficit to seven points, but did not pose much of a threat.
Tarvin Gaines scored 19 points for the Gamecocks (17-11, 8-8). Boggs, Darion Rackley and Brian Williams each had 13 points.