MONDAY, JANUARY 03, 2011
Glenn Powell buzzer beater lifts JU past Campbell, 67-65
Glenn Powell’s layup with one second left lifted the JU men’s basketball team past Campbell, 67-65, in Atlantic Sun Conference play at Gore Arena on Monday night.

With the score tied at 65 and 8.5 seconds left, Russell Powell drove the length of the floor and dished to an open Glenn Powell, who made the layup to put JU on top. Russell led the Dolphins (9-3, 3-0 A-Sun) with 14 points and five assists while Glenn finished with nine points and six rebounds.

JU got balanced scoring again as 11 of the 12 Dolphins that played scored, with Russell Powell joined by Ayron Hardy in double figures, as he had 11 and a team-high seven rebounds.

“We’re thankful for the win,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We didn’t do a good job of executing at times, but our effort was there all night.”

Jacksonville held the Camels (7-5, 1-2 A-Sun), one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the A-Sun, to just 2-of-11 from behind the arc. The Dolphins owned the glass as well, holding a 36-25 advantage, with 13 second chance points.

The game featured nine ties and 14 lead changes, with five ties in the last four minutes. JU trailed by one, 63-61 with 1:39 left in the game as Preston Dodson made a jumper from the low block.

The Dolphins answered with a pair of Russell Powell free throws to tie the game with 1:05 left and took the lead, 65-63, on another pair of Russell free throws with 28 seconds left after a missed shot by Junard Hartley.

The Camels tied the game on a pair of Amir Celestin free throws with eight seconds left, setting up Glenn Powell’s game-winner.

Jacksonville was able to survive despite turning the ball over 20 times and watching the Camels scores 25 points off Dolphin miscues. The Camels also had two big runs of 11-0 and 8-0 during the game.

JU held the Camels scoreless over the last 2:28 and scored the last seven points of the half to take a 29-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. Hardy led JU with seven points in the opening 20 minutes, with five coming in the final two minutes.

Campbell got 14 points from Lorne Merthie and 13 points from Celestin. Marvelle Harris had eight rebounds to lead the Camels.

The Dolphins will stay on the road as they travel to Nashville to open a two-game swing through Music City against Lipscomb on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 8:15 p.m. (EST).