- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Ladarius Tabb scored 26 points and Nicholas West and Rakiya Battle each had 13 to lead Alabama A&M; over Jacksonville State 73-69 on Tuesday night.

Tabb was 11 of 20 from the field and 3 of 9 from behind the arc for Alabama A&M; (4-0), which continued its best start to a season in the program’s D-I history. West had seven rebounds and Battle added five assists.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but 11 straight points from Jacksonville State (2-5) made it 54-52 with 9:56 to play.

JaQuail Townser’s jumper with 5:47 left tied it at 60-all, but the Gamecocks couldn’t get over the hump. West’s layup and 3-point play put A&M; back on top and Battle scored six points in the final 0:39 to hold the lead.

Malcolm Drumwright had 18 points and five rebounds for Jacksonville State.

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