Turnovers prove costly for Dolphins
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In another game that wasn’t decided until the final minutes, the Jacksonville men’s basketball team came up on the short end of a 61-58 decision Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Freshman Kordario Fleming (Memphis, Tenn.) led JU with a career high 18 points while freshman Jarvis Haywood (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior guard Keith McDougald (Jacksonville, Fla.) added 11 points each.
The Dolphins (14-15; 9-7 A-Sun) were locked into another close game which this time featured seven ties and eight lead changes in the second half. JU looked poised to start pulling away using a 15-4 stretch the open eight minutes of the second half to grab an eight-point 40-32 advantage on a three-point play by Haywood.
ETSU (10-20; 8-9 A-Sun) didn’t go away however as the Buccaneers responded with a 12-3 run. Neither team led by more than five points until Hunter Harris hit a pair of free throws with a minute left to give ETSU a two-point lead. After McDougald hit one of two from the line for JU, John Walton made two more at the charity strip for a three-point Bucs cushion.
The Dolphins, which have won seven of their nine league games by four points or less, had a chance to tie, but Harris elevated to block a three-point attempt by McDougald with 23 seconds left then sealed the game for ETSU at the foul line.
JU matched a conference season high with 20 turnovers while shooting a mere 1-14 from three.
“We turned the ball of 20 times and if we get shots instead I think we make them. Its unfortunate, but they did a good job of turning us over tonight,” said JU Head Coach Cliff Warren. “Anytime you turn the ball over that many times you are going to give the other team a chance.”
The Dolphins travel to Lipscomb on Thursday and Northern Kentucky on Saturday next week to wrap up the regular season. Catch all the action on 92.5 FM, your flagship station for JU athletics
• Before the game senior Russell Powell (Newnan, Ga.) and senior Glenn Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) were honored
• In the last meeting with ETSU on Jan. 24, JU shot 10-24 from three
• JU alum Artis Gilmore was honored during the game as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history