Mistakes and cold shooting doom JU in 81-50 loss to Belmont
The JU men’s basketball team was its own worst enemy on Monday night with a cold start and turnovers as Belmont took over sole possession of first place with an 81-50 win at the Curb Events Center.

Belmont (14-3, 6-0 A-Sun) took advantage of JU’s 22 turnovers and hit nine 3-pointers, with Kerron Johnson leading three Bruins in double figures with 15 points in the win, hitting two treys. In all, six different Bruins hit a 3-pointer, with three hitting two.

Jacksonville (10-4, 4-1 A-Sun) got off to a slow start, falling behind 17-5 and it snowballed from there. The Dolphins had their worst shooting night of the season, hitting 29.8 percent from the floor, including 2-of-12 from behind the arc.

Add in Belmont’s 44-39 advantage on the boards – including 14 offensive rebounds that led to 11 second chance points.

“We’re still a young basketball team that is learning and growing,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We made some mistakes early and they took advantage of them. Our effort was much better in the second half, but this is a game that we can learn from as we move forward.”

Russell Powell scored a game-high 16 points, hitting 6-of-15 from the floor with two assists and two steals. It’s a new career high for the sophomore point guard, who joined in double figures by Glenn Powell, who had 11 points.

Belmont pushed the lead to 21 at halftime and never let the Dolphins cut into the deficit, eventually pushing the lead in the final minute of the game.

Scott Saunders came off the bench with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double while Mick Hedgepath added 11 points and nine rebounds.

In all, seven Bruins scored at least six points in the contest.

The Dolphins look to have a short memory as they return home to face USC Upstate on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Arena.