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Williams' late flurry preserves 81-76 win for South Alabama over Arkansas State


JONESBORO, Arkansas — Ken Williams scored seven of South Alabama's final eight points to help the Jaguars take an 81-76 victory over Arkansas State on Thursday night to clinch a berth into the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Arkansas State rallied from a 24-point second-half deficit to tie the game on two free throws from Cameron Golden with 2:49 remaining. Williams hit a 3-pointer and added another basket to lead 78-73. Golden made a 3-pointer to make it a two-point margin with 1:13 left before Taishaun Johnson made a free throw and Williams added two more.

Dionte Ferguson scored 20 points for the Jaguars (10-20, 8-11 Sun Belt). Williams added 18, Johnson 17 and Abdul Lewis 15.

Anthony Livingston scored 22 points and had nine rebounds for Arkansas State before fouling out with 2:17 left. Sean Gardner added 21 points and Cameron Golden 15.

The Red Wolves (11-17, 6-13) were eliminated from the postseason.

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