Dolphins hold off ETSU for a 61-55 win
The MSHA Athletic Center has been a house of horrors for the Jacksonville men’s basketball team.

On Monday night, the Dolphins (6-20, 4-11 A-Sun) put those ill-fated memories behind them with a gutty 61-55 win over East Tennessee State (13-12, 7-7 A-Sun) to draw closer to a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Aloys Cabell scored a game-high 26 points, hitting 10-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-3 from behind the arc in his 11th straight game in double figures.

It was the Dolphins first win ever at ETSU, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Bucs.

“Our guys really fought hard tonight and wanted this win,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We did a good job of executing the scouting report and hit some big shots late to win the game.”

JU fell behind 45-44 with 8:24 left on a Jarvis Jones 3-pointer. That 3-pointer was the last easy shot the Bucs got the rest of the night.

Jacksonville answered with a 9-0 run, with Cabell hitting a 3-pointer to give JU the lead and Evin Graham hitting a 3-pointer with 5:40 left to put the Dolphins up 53-45.

ETSU didn’t go away easily. The Bucs battled back, cutting the lead to two, 55-53, on a Marcus Dubose layup with 1:28 remaining.

Clinging to that lead, Cabell got his only assists of the night – a beautiful wrap around pass to Glenn Powell who made a layup to give the Dolphins a 57-53 lead with 1:14 left.

After watching ETSU cut the deficit back to two, Tevin Galvin hit a 17-foot jumper with a hand in his face as the shot clock expired to put JU back up four with 25 seconds left – securing the win.

ETSU got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Tommy Hubbard while Dubose had a team-high 20 points.

After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, JU closed on a 11-4 run, capped by back-to-back baskets by Glenn Powell to cut the deficit to 27-25 at the break.

Cabell got some help from the entire team as nine of the 11 Dolphins scored, with Galvin finishing with 13 points. Powell led the Dolphins with seven rebounds and Russell Powell had six assists with no turnovers.

The Dolphins return home for their final three games, starting with Saturday’s home game against Mercer. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m.