Tevin Galvin led the Dolphins with 15 points, tying his career high, hitting 5-of-8 from the floor, lifting the Dolphins to their best start since the 2000-01 season.
JU (5-1, 1-0 A-Sun) won its fifth straight thanks to stellar defensive effort. The Dolphins forced Stetson (2-4, 0-1 A-Sun) into 17 turnovers and cashed them in for 20 points. Jacksonville did a number on the glass as well, owning a 38-30 advantage, with 16 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second chance points.
“We did a much better job in the second half of following the scouting report and crashing the boards,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Our defense did a good job of limiting their second chance opportunities for most of the night.”
Keith McDougald added 13 points while Ayron Hardy and Glenn Powell had 11 points each for JU. Hardy led the team with eight rebounds.
After Stetson cut a nine-point halftime lead to seven with 11 minutes left in the game, the Dolphins pushed the lead to 15, 53-38, with 8:37 left thanks to a Keith McDougald 3-pointer – his second of the game.
The Hatters kept battling, cutting the deficit to seven in the final minute, but JU was able to keep Stetson from getting with two possessions the rest of the game.
Stetson was led by Ridge Graham’s 15 points and seven rebounds, with Jermol Paul adding 11 points and Tyshawn Patterson chipping in with 10.
JU held the Hatters to just 10 points over the final 15 minutes to take a 28-19 lead into the locker room at halftime, with Hardy scoring seven points to lead the Dolphins.
Russell Powell directed the JU offense with six assists, while the JU defense racked up a season-best five blocks – three of those coming from Glenn Powell.
The Dolphins wrap up their two-game homestand on Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast. Tipoff of the second game of the doubleheader is set for 3:15 p.m.