Dolphins look to stop slide at Kennesaw State
After a tale of two halves on Thursday, the JU men’s basketball team looks to put together a complete 40-minute effort on Saturday against Kennesaw State.

The Dolphins (11-6, 5-3 A-Sun) look to stop their two-game losing streak against the Owls (5-13, 3-5 A-Sun) at 7:30 p.m. in the KSU Convocation Center.

In a 70-68 overtime loss to Mercer, JU took a 10-point halftime lead thanks to hitting 58.1 percent of its shot from the floor and a balanced scoring attack – four players had eight points at the intermission.

The second half was a stark contrast. The Dolphins failed to score for the first seven minutes as Mercer used a 20-5 run to take its first lead of the game. JU eventually built a five-point lead again, but couldn’t hold on with just one point in the final three minutes of regulation.

“We didn’t do a very good job of executing our offense and taking care of the basketball,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren.

The second half at Mercer continued a slow second half trend of late for the Dolphins.

Jacksonville has hit 33.3 percent from the floor or less in the second half of each of the last five games, which has led to the Dolphins being out scored in the second stanza in five of the last six games.

One of the bright spots to come out of Thursday’s game was the resurgence of Glenn Powell. The sophomore center led the Dolphins with 16 points and eight rebounds, hitting 7-of-12 from the floor.

It was his second double-digit scoring effort in the last four games and his highest offensive output since scoring 16 against Savannah State back on Nov. 16 (the second game of the season).

Saturday’s game is the second half of a doubleheader with the JU women, with the game being broadcast on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling the action. Fans can also watch live on ASun.TV.