Russell Powell’s floater gives JU a 71-69 win over UNF
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Russell Powell’s running floater with 4.7 seconds left lifted the JU men’s basketball team to a 71-69 over North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble in front of a crowd of 4,248 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Tuesday night.

With the game tied and 11 seconds left in regulation, Powell, who was 0-for-6 for the game up to that point, drove straight to the basket and his running toss lofted over the UNF defender – falling through the hoop to give its final lead.

“Russell did a great job of attacking the basket on the final play,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We wanted to get a shot early enough to give us a chance at a putback.”

Ayron Hardy, Delwan Graham and Keith McDougald all scored in double figures for JU (16-7, 10-4 A-Sun) as the Dolphins won their 11th straight over the Ospreys. Hardy had a team-high 15 points while McDougald added 14 off the bench. Graham picked up his third double-double of the season with 14 points, a season-high 15 recounds, three assists and five blocks.

The Ospreys got the ball up the floor for a final shot, but Brad Haugabrook’s 3-pointer to win the game clanged off the back of the iron.

Andres Diaz led four Ospreys (9-16, 6-8 A-Sun) with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Jerron Granberry had 18 points thanks to four 3-pointers. Jimmy Williams added 12 points while Haugabrook scored 10.

JU struggled shooting on the night, hitting just 37.3 percent from the floor, but was rock solid at the free throw line for the second straight game – going 26-of-29 from the stripe, with Graham making all 10 free throws attempts.

The big advantage for JU came on the glass again. JU out rebounded UNF, 44-26, with 19 offensive rebounds converted into 18 second chance points.

Sporting a five-point halftime lead, JU scored the first four points of the half to take a 39-30 lead thanks to a Tevin Galvin layup.

UNF answered with a 10-2 run, capping it with a Granberry 3-pointer to make it 41-40 with 16:57 left in the game.

The Ospreys eventually tied the game at 56 with 7:22 left on a Williams 3-pointer and took the lead, 58-57, on a Haugabrook layup with 5:19 remaining.

Over the final five minutes, the two teams traded the lead three times and were tied six times – the last coming on a David Jeune basket with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 69, setting Powell’s game winner.

UNF hit 50 percent of its shots from the floor (26-52) and hit five 3-pointers, but was 12-of-20 at the free throw line.

JU used 10-2 run midway through the first half to build a 29-19 lead that eventually was cut to a 35-30 margin at the intermission, led by Hardy’s nine points and McDougald’s eight.

The Dolphins are off until Friday when they travel to ETSU in the A-Sun “Game of the Week” on Comcast Sports Southeast. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.