Dolphins drop season opener at Florida State
A sluggish start doomed the JU men’s basketball team as Florida State held off a late rally for a 79-67 win on Friday night at the Tucker Center.

The Dolphins (0-1) got a game-high 21 points from sophomore Keith McDougald, with 13 of that coming in the second half thanks to three 3-pointers.

FSU (1-0) used a long range barrage, hitting eight 3-pointers – led by Deividas Dulkys four en route to 16 points. The Seminoles had three players in double figures, with Michael Snaer adding 16 and Terrance Shannon adding 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Everyone contributed tonight, especially with two guys out tonight that shortened our bench.”

Trailing by 13 at the half, JU fell behind by 16 early but cut the margin to 10, 47-37, on a jumper by Keith McDougald with 18:26 left in the game.

The Seminoles answered with a slow run to pull away, eventually leading by 24, before a late run cut the margin to 13 – thanks to seven straight points by McDougald at one point.

FSU held a slim 39-35 edge on the glass, with JU holding a 13-12 advantage in second chance points.

Despite shooting just 12-of-33 in the first half, the Dolphins hit 13-of-26 in the second half and out scored the Seminoles, 36-35.

“We gave them some open looks outside and they hit shots, with eight 3-pointers,” Warren said. “Being ‘under sized,’ we fought hard on the glass and held our own on the boards.”

FSU opened with an 8-0 run in the first five minutes, as JU missed its nine shots from the floor. The Seminoles pushed the advantage to as many as 16 before McDougald’s 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the deficit to 13, 44-31.

The Dolphins return to the court on Wednesday when they travel to Savannah State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.