Defense leads JU rally over Bethune-Cookman, 65-55
It was a good night to be a Powell for the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team.

Glenn Powell scored a game-high 20 points, 18 coming in the second half, with Russell Powell adding 12 points and seven assists as JU rallied for a 65-55 win on the road at Moore Gymnasium on Monday night.

The Dolphins (2-2) trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and was down three at the half before holding the Wildcats (1-3) to just 7-of-26 shooting in the second half.

“Our defense stepped up and made a lot of plays for us tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Glenn got hot in the second half and we kept feeding him the ball in positions where he could score quickly.”

Powell was 10-of-15 from the floor and had five rebounds as well. Delwan Graham added eight points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

The most telling stat for JU’s offense was its 19 assists on 28 made baskets.

“We did a good job of moving the ball around and getting good looks,” Warren said. “We talk a lot about the extra pass that leads to an open shot.”

Down by three at the half, JU tied it on its first possession on a 3-pointer by Keith McDougald and never trailed over the final 17 minutes.

BCU had a spurt to cut what became a seven-point deficit, 55-52, to three with 3:04 to go – JU finished the game on a 10-3 run as Glenn Powell had six points during that stretch.

The Wildcats were led by Garrius Holloman’s 16 points and 12 rebounds, the only Wildcat in double figures.

The Dolphins fell behind early, trailing 23-12 midway through the half before using a 15-4 run to tie the game until Dukes’ 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Wildcats a 34-31 lead at intermission.

The Dolphins will celebrate Thanksgiving and prepare for Friday night’s game at No. 9 Florida. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.