Dolphins fall to sharp-shooting Stetson, 70-62
The JU men’s basketball team will limp into the postseason after dropping its second straight, falling to Stetson at the Edmunds Center on Saturday night, 70-62, to end the regular season.

Luis Jacobo led the Hatters (8-23, 6-14 A-Sun) with a game-high 28 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the game, as Stetson hit eight in the contest. Jacobo finished with a double-double, picking up 11 rebounds to go along with three assists and two blocks.

Jacksonville (19-10, 13-7 A-Sun) struggled offensively again, scoring a season-low 19 points in the first half. Tevin Galvin led JU in scoring for the second time this season, putting up 13 points as three Dolphins scored in double figures.

“We’re going to go back and watch the tape from this and get better,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Stetson played at a high level tonight and we didn’t answer their effort.”

The Dolphins struggled offensively all night, finishing the game 18-of-69 from the floor (26.1 percent). JU’s starting five combined to go 10-for-50 from the floor as the team scored a season-low 14 points in the paint.

Trailing by 11 at the half, JU came roaring out of the locker room to cut the deficit to four, 32-28, on a dunk by Ayron Hardy with 15:17 left in the game.

Stetson answered with a 16-4 run over the next six minutes – capping it with a Jacobo 3-pointer with 9:01 left to take a 48-32 lead.

JU got the deficit back to nine with 3:56 left, but Stetson stayed strong at the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win.

Keith McDougald added 13 points for JU off the bench, all coming in the second half, with Travis Cohn adding 10. Delwan Graham had a game-high 12 rebounds while Hardy had 11.

Playing its final game for head coach Derek Waugh, the Hatters gave a spirited effort, taking a 30-19 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to a stellar defensive effort – holding JU to just 4-of-32 from the floor.

Steve Forbes was the only other Hatter in double figures with 11 off the bench.

The Dolphins return to court on Thursday in the first round of the General Shale Brick A-Sun Tournament against UNF at 2:30 p.m.