Jacksonville races past Florida Tech, 87-75
Five Dolphins scored in double figures as the JU men’s basketball team raced past Florida Tech, 87-75, on Sunday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Senior Ayron Hardy had another complete game for JU, leading the Dolphins with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals.

The Dolphins (2-1) shot the ball well throughout the game, hitting 50 percent in the first half (17-34) and 60 percent in the second half (18-30). Jacksonville’s press resulted in 29 Florida Tech turnovers that the Dolphins cashed in for 35 points.

“It was good that we turned them over 29 times today, but we can’t turn the ball over 24 times like we did,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “I like that we had 19 assists as they shows we are sharing the basketball, which is the way we have to play to be successful this year.”

With the Panthers (4-1) trailing by just four with 10 minutes left in regulation, the Dolphins went on a 16-2 run that started with back-to-back 3-pointers by Chris Davis and Tevin Galvin.

Florida Tech cut the deficit to 12, but couldn’t get it back into single digits in the final minutes.

Joining Hardy in double figures was Tevin Galvin with 15, Glenn Powell with 13, Russell Powell with 12 and Travis Cohn adding 12 off the bench. Russell Powell had his best night at the point guard spot so far this season with five assists and just two turnovers with three steals.

The Dolphins hit 17-of-34 in the first half, but just 3-of-9 from the free throw line while Florida Tech lit up the scoreboard by hitting 14-of-23 as JU led by just two at the intermission, 41-39.

The Panthers got a game-high 20 points from Julius Reid, with Anthony Jackson adding 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Justin Sedlak had 11 points as well.

The Dolphins hit the road to face former Atlantic Sun Conference rival Samford on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST).

- JU had five players score in double figures for the first time since March 6, 2009.
- JU has now won all seven meetings in the all-time series.
- Ayron Hardy committed his first turnovers of the season. He now has as 16 assists to one turnover.
- Hardy’s six steals is tied for the seventh most in a single game ever at JU. It was one off of his career high of seven.
- The Dolphins hit better than 50 percent from the floor for the first time since Jan. 14, 2010 and it was the best shooting night since hitting 54.9 percent against Kennesaw State on Jan. 4, 2010.
- The 87 points is the most scored by Jacksonville since putting up 91 against Kennesaw State on Jan. 4, 2010.