MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011
Stingy defense leads men's hoops past Campbell, 71-58
Balanced scoring and a stingy defense led the JU men’s basketball team to a 71-58 win over Campbell in historic Swisher Gymnasium on Monday in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
The Dolphins (14-6, 8-3 A-Sun) won their third straight behind five players in double figures, led by Keith McDougald’s 15 points. McDougald busted out of a shooting slump, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from behind the arc.
Jacksonville forced 18 turnovers, scoring 20 points off Campbell miscues and blocked six shots – with Glenn Powell blocking a career-high four.
“We had some moments where we played with a lot of energy and effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We had a lot of guys contributing on offense and we did a good job at times of pressuring the basketball.”
Having watched Campbell (11-11, 5-7 A-Sun) cut an eight-point lead down to three on a fastbreak dunk by Eric Griffin with 3:38 left in the game, the JU stepped up on both ends.
The Dolphins finished the game out scoring Campbell 15-5, with McDougald scoring five, Ayron Hardy and Delwan Graham adding four apiece while the Camels were unable to get much going against the JU defense.
Griffin led the Camels with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds.
Sporting a five-point halftime lead, JU scored the first six points of the second half, capping the run with a Glenn Powell layup with 18:15 left in the game as the Dolphins led 38-27.
Campbell slowly cut into the JU lead, knocking it down to four, 43-39, after a pair of Rico Ferguson free throws with 12:05 left in regulation.
Hardy had 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals while Graham just missed out on his third straight double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Travis Cohn and Russell Powell each added 10 points, with Powell dishing out five assists to give JU five double-digit scorers for just the second time this season.
Campbell hit just 9-of-26 from the floor in the first half as JU outscored the Camels 7-3 over the last five minutes to take a 32-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
JU now turns its focus to Sea Best Seafood Night against league-leading Belmont on Thursday, with free admission to both games of the doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
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