NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Jamail Jones scored 24 points and grabbed a half-dozen rebounds as Florida Gulf Coast held off Lipscomb, 76-74 Saturday to maintain its one-game lead over North Florida atop the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The victory pushes Florida Gulf Coast (19-7) to 9-1 in conference. North Florida (16-11, 8-2) beat Kennesaw State 67-51 Saturday.
The Eagles led by 11 points after Julian DeBose converted a pair of free throws with 4:53 left, but Lipscomb rallied. Josh Williams knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Malcolm Smith scored nine points in the final minutes, but the Bisons' comeback fell short.
Smith finished with 23 points, converting 10 of 13 attempts from the free-throw line, to lead Lipscomb (11-14, 5-5). Williams added 15 points.