Little Rock beats South Alabama 69-60 in Sun Belt opener

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Josh Hagins made three 3-pointers and scored 17 points to help Arkansas Little Rock beat South Alabama 69-60 on Wednesday night in a Sun Belt opener for both teams.

Little Rock trailed 11-0 to start the game, but used runs of 14-3 and 13-3 to build a 34-30 lead by halftime.

The Trojans limited South Alabama to 9-of-30 shooting in the second half - including a nine-minute field-goal drought. Shaq Calhoun's dunk with 12:55 left pulled South Alabama to 44-41, but the Jaguars' next basket didn't come until John Brown's 3-pointer with 3:54 remaining.

Little Rock went on a 17-6 run, with scoring from six different players, during South Alabama's drought for a 61-47 lead.

Jalen Jackson added 11 points for Arkansas Little Rock (11-1).

Brown scored 15 points for South Alabama (5-7). Calhoun added 14 and Georgi Boyanov recorded his third straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

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