JU falls to late Miami run, 89-77
The JU men’s basketball team saw a strong start slip away as Miami rallied for an 89-77 win in the season opener at the Bank United Center.

Glenn Powell led four Dolphins in double figures with 18 points and three rebounds. The sophomore had 14 points in the first half and finished the game hitting 7-of-11 from the floor to go along with three steals.

Miami got a game-high 23 points from Malcolm Grant, hitting four 3-pointers, as the Hurricanes hit nine 3-pointers in the game to lead the comeback.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We can’t let our offense dictate our play on defense. We’ve got to play defense the entire 40 minutes.”

After Tevin Galvin hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 64 with 10:45 left in the game, Miami rattled off a 15-1 run over the next four minutes to take a 79-65 lead thanks to four 3-pointers, including three by Adrian Thomas en route to his 12 points.

Jacksonville was never able to get the lead back into single digits as the Dolphins offense struggled to click in the second half, hitting 10-of-28 from the floor.

Miami had four players in double figures, with Durand Scott adding 20 points and Reggie Johnson adding 13.

Jacksonville opened the game red hot, opening up a 14-3 lead in the first four minutes with back-to-back 3-pointers from Ayron Hardy and Keith McDougald.

McDougald finished the game with 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers while starting in his first collegiate game. Hardy scored 14 points despite being plagued with foul trouble the entire game. Tevin Galvin added 13 points, hitting a career-high four 3-pointers.

The Dolphins return to the hardwood on Tuesday as they open up their home schedule against Savannah State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.