JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Corey Walden scored a career-high 28 points as sharp-shooting Eastern Kentucky made a 14-point halftime advantage hold, beating Jacksonville State 73-62 Saturday in Ohio Valley Conference action.
Walden, a sophomore transfer from Stetson, was averaging 10.4 points per game before Saturday, when he hit 8 of 11 from the floor, 2 of 2 from 3-point range and 10 of 10 from the foul line. Walden is making 89.1 percent of his foul shots this season, and the Colonels hit 21 of 25 free throws Saturday.
Mike DiNunno tied his season high by scoring 24 points for the second straight game for Eastern Kentucky (15-4, 5-1), which led 36-22 at halftime. The Colonels are outscoring OVC opponents by a 9.3 average in the first half this year.
Tarvin Gaines led the Gamecocks (12-7, 4-4) with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Brian Williams hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points.