The Terriers (7-4) held JU at arm’s length throughout the second half, scoring their final 17 points at the free throw line over the final 8:29. Kevin Giltner led Wofford with a game-high 14 points, connecting on 6-of-8 at the free throw line to go with his two 3-pointers.
Jacksonville overcame a rough first half by hitting 16-of-30 in the second half, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc – led by Glenn Powell’s 12 points in the second half, one of the Dolphins in double figures.
“We had a great effort tonight, but we couldn’t get enough stops late to get back in the game,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “There are a lot of things for us to take out of this game, but we’ve got to watch some film and correct some mistakes.”
JU (2-7) lost its fifth in a row after building a 30-18 deficit in the first half, hitting just 8-of-30 in the first half.
In the second half, the Dolphins cut the deficit to six in the first six minutes, 35-29, with a Delwan Graham layup.
Wofford answered with a spurt to push the lead back to 11, 46-35, with Karl Cochran hitting a 3-pointer with 8:29 left in the game.
From there, the JU defense held Wofford without a field goal over those final 8:29 – with the Terriers taking just two shots during that stretch. The Dolphins cut the deficit to four, 46-42, on a Keith McDougald 3-pointer with 5:45 left.
The Terriers answered with five straight points to push the lead back to nine and JU eventually battled back to cut it to four, 54-50, on a Russell Powell 3-pointer with 1:36 left. Wofford hit 9-of-12 in those final 96 seconds as the Dolphins would be unable to get the deficit down to one possession.
Despite no field goals in those final 8:29, Wofford was 17-of-22 from the free throw line during that stretch – taking only two shots from the floor during that time.
Delwan Graham led JU with 13 points and Russell Powell added 10 points, hitting two 3-pointers.
The loss came despite JU hitting seven more field goals and one more 3-pointer after being outscored by 21 at the free throw line.
Jacksonville returns to the court on Thursday when the Dolphins travel to face longtime Sun Belt Conference rival UAB. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.