Powell’s Late Free Throws Give JU 53-51 Win Over NKU In A-Sun Opener
Russell Powell
Russell Powell

Dolphins senior guard leads JU with 10 points

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Russell Powell (Newnan, Ga.) had just enough time left in 2012 to give Jacksonville a 53-51 win over Northern Kentucky on Monday night.  The Dolphins senior guard hit two of his team high 10 points at the free throw line with 1.8 seconds left to break a 51-51 tie.

Powell, who broke an earlier 49-49 tie with 22 seconds left by hitting a left handed floater, capped off an 8-2 spurt over the final four minutes that helped improve JU to 1-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference while spoiling the league debut for newcomer NKU.  

A 9-2 run by the Dolphins to close the first half built a 27-21 lead at the break.  JU stayed in front in the second half, eventually leading 38-29 with after a Dylan Fritsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) three pointer with 11:57 to play.  

The Norse (2-7; 0-1 A-Sun) countered with a 10-0 run and took a 39-38 lead after a three from their leading scorer Eshaunte Jones with just under nine minute to go.  JU quickly regained the lead on a  Jarvis Haywood (Charlotte, N.C.) jumper, but NKU answered with a three from Nate Snodgrass (12 points) and stayed in front until a jumper by Kordario Fleming (Memphis, Tenn.) with 1:44 left knotted the game at 49-49.  

The possession that led to Fleming’s jumper was set up by a key Fritsch block on the defensive end.  After Fleming tied the game, senior Glenn Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) stepped in to take an offensive charge that helped lead to Powell’s floater.

JU returns to action on Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Arena.  The Dolphins wrap up a two-game home stand to tip-off A-Sun play by hosting Lipscomb at 7:15 pm following the women’s match-up between the two schools at 5:00 pm.  Lipscomb fell to North Florida on Monday evening, 84-70 in it’s A-Sun opener.  

- Jarvis Haywood equaled a career best nine rebounds for the second time in three games while dishing out a career best five assists with eight points
- Sophomore Evin Graham (Hyattsville, Ala.) scored a season high nine points, including seven in the first half
- JU is 6-0 this season when leading at halftime
- The Dolphins are 5-3 under Cliff Warren in A-Sun openers
- The win is victory number 106 for Cliff Warren, moving him into a tie for second on JU’s career victories list with Hugh Durham.  Rollie Rourke holds the all-time mark with 107
- JU held a 28-14 advantage in points scored in the paint