FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012
Early spurt dooms JU in season finale, 70-64
The Jacksonville men’s basketball team fell behind early and was never able to recover, falling to North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble on Friday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 70-64.
Tevin Galvin scored a career-best 17 points in his final home game at JU, leading three Dolphins in double figures.
The Dolphins (8-21, 6-12 A-Sun) lost control of their fate in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and now need a Stetson loss on Saturday to get the final spot in the field.
“This was a tough loss,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We had a chance to control our destiny and now it’s out of our hands.”
North Florida (16-15, 10-8 A-Sun) jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the opening four minutes thanks to a Jimmy Williams layup. JU got as close as eight, but a 9-2 spurt to end the half gave the Ospreys a 33-17 lead at halftime.
The Ospreys extended the lead to 18 early in the second half with a Travis Wallace layup with 14:09 remaining to sport a 45-27 advantage.
The Dolphins chipped away, starting with an 11-2 run capped by a pair of Aloys Cabell free throws to cut the deficit to 49-40 with 9:53 left. That would be as close as JU would get until the final minute.
North Florida got a game-high 20 points from Jerron Granberry and 17 from Parker Smith.
JU got 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks from Delwan Graham to go with 12 points from Glenn Powell.
The Dolphins will await their fate tomorrow afternoon as Stetson faces USC Upstate. Should Stetson lose, the Dolphins hold the tiebreaker and will face Belmont in the A-Sun quarterfinals on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
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