SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011
Men's basketball outlasts Mercer, 74-68
The JU men’s basketball team got timely stops and scored eight of the last 10 points to take home a 74-68 win over Mercer in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Sunday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
With the win, the Dolphins (19-8, 13-5 A-Sun) clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming General Shale Brick A-Sun Tournament.
Delwan Graham led three Dolphins in double figures with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, leading JU to its third straight win.
With the game tied at 66 with 4:31 left in the second half, JU’s defense went to work – holding the Bears to just two points in those fateful minutes with two big stops that the Dolphins were able to cash in for points.
“We got the right stops at the right time late in the game,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren.
Jacksonville’s defense forced Mercer into 20 turnovers, cashing them in for 23 points, while also scoring 32 points in the paint.
That inside presence was on display for JU as Ayron Hardy added 15 points and Glenn Powell had 10 points, combining to hit 9-of-13 from the floor.
With a seven-point halftime lead, the Dolphins saw quickly evaporate to one in the first four minutes before using a 13-3 run over the next four minutes to take a 56-45 lead with 12:19 left in the game on a Powell layup.
The Bears (13-16, 10-8 A-Sun) slowly clawed back into the game, tying it at 66 on a pair of Justin Cecil free throws with 4:31 left in regulation.
Mercer got a game-high 22 points from Langston Hall and 10 points off the bench from Chris Smith.
JU came out on fire to start the game, opening up a 15-4 lead before taking a 37-30 lead into the intermission thanks to 55.2 percent shooting – with Graham leading the way with nine points.
The Dolphins hit the road for their final two games of the regular season starting Thursday against Florida Gulf Coast. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.