Late run leads Upstate over JU, 70-66
Glenn Powell
Glenn Powell
The Jacksonville men’s basketball team saw a 13-point lead evaporate in the second half as USC Upstate rallied for a 70-66 win at the Hodge Center in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Torrey Craig scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in leading Upstate (16-10, 9-4 A-Sun) to the comeback win on Homecoming.

The comeback overshadowed another big day from Aloys Cabell. The sophomore guard scored 23 points, with 20 coming in the second half.

Jacksonville’s turnover came back to haunt the Dolphins all day. JU (5-20, 3-11 A-Sun) turned the ball over 18 times and saw Upstate score 25 points off those.

“You have to give credit to Upstate, they did a great job on the boards and never gave up,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We made too many mistakes on both ends of the floor and we can’t afford to do that.”

Tied at halftime, Cabell scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the second half to help JU build a 47-34 lead on a 4-point play with 14:19 left in the game.

Upstate used a 23-8 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 57-55 lead with 4:36 left, with Adrian Rodgers capping it with a 3-point play.

JU tied the game at 57 with 4:12 left on a pair of Delwan Graham free throws. That would be the last time the Dolphins held a share of the lead.

Upstate scored the next three points and an Adrian Rodgers layup with 53 seconds put the Spartans up five, 66-61.

Cabell got fouled on a 3-pointer on the next possession, hit two of the first three free throws, with Chris Davis getting fouled on the rebound. He made one of two to cut it two with 29 seconds left.

Upstate though hit free throws when it counted, going 4-for-4 in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. The late free throws salvaged a rough day at the stripe as the Spartans hit just 13-of-26.

Cabell was one of three Dolphins in double figures with Glenn Powell adding 14 and Graham chipping in with 10.

Upstate ended the first half by going on a 9-2 run, with Craig getting five of those points to send the two teams into the locker rooms tied at 25.

The Dolphins wrap up their road sojourn on Monday when they travel to face ETSU. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.