Dolphins rumble past UNF in overtime, 63-62
Trailing by one with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, Delwan Graham went to the free throw line with a chance to win the game for JU.

With a crowd of 3,351 mostly rooting against him, Graham knocked down both free throws to lift JU to a 63-62 win over UNF in the River City Rumble on Wednesday night at UNF Arena.

The free throws iced a comeback that saw JU trail by as many as nine in the second half, only to rally for their 10th straight win in the series dating back to 2006.

The free throws by Graham came as JU had struggled at the free throw line all night, finishing the game 11-of-26 at the stripe. Graham was the hero of the overtime for JU, scoring all six points for the Dolphins in the extra session en route to a game-high 15 points.

“I’m really pleased with our effort in the second half and overtime,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Delwan made some big plays on both ends and stepped up for us with some free throws when we needed them.”

The Dolphins (13-6, 7-3 A-Sun) had a chance to win the game in regulation, but freshman Keion Palmer missed a pair of free throws with one second left that sent the game into an extra period tied at 57.

The second half and overtime was dominated by JU’s presence on the glass. The Dolphins rally was propelled by a 27-9 edge on the glass in the second half, with 10 second chance points.

In overtime, UNF (8-13, 5-5 A-Sun) took the initial lead on a Jimmy Williams layup, Graham tied it on the ensuing possession and the two teams traded the lead three times before Williams hit 1-of-2 free throws with 13 seconds left to give UNF a 62-61 lead.

On JU’s final possession, Russell Powell missed a pull-up jumper in the lane, but Graham got his game-high 13th rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt – setting up the heroic free throws.

Those free throws capped a spirited comeback by JU. The Dolphins trailed by six at the half, fell behind by nine in the first minute of the second half and rallied to tie the game at 42 with 10:22 left on Travis Cohn’s first 3-pointer of the night.

UNF answered to take a five-point lead on a Parker Smith 3-pointer with 9:46 left and built it back up to six, 52-46, with 4:53 left on an Andy Diaz layup.

Jacksonville came right back by scoring the next seven points – taking its first lead of the night with 2:32 left on an Ayron Hardy layup.

Jimmy Williams hit a 3-pointer with 1:43 left to give UNF a 57-55 lead, but Hardy answered with another putback to tie the game at 57 before Palmer’s free throws.

Graham picked up his second straight double-double for the Dolphins as three Dolphins scored in double figures. Hardy had 14 points while Cohn had 13, all coming in the second half.

UNF got a team-high 15 points from Parker Smith off the bench as he hit five 3-pointers. Williams had 13 while Diaz had 12 points before fouling out and Jerron Granberry added 11.

JU struggled offensively in the first half, hitting just 8-of-25 from the floor and trailed 26-20 at halftime.

The Dolphins are off until Monday when they return home for a doubleheader with Campbell. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m.