SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011
Late rally not enough as JU falls to Furman, 85-79
Turnovers came back to haunt Jacksonville as Furman took advantage of the Dolphins’ miscues for an 85-79 win at Timmons Arena on Sunday.
The Dolphins (2-6) turned the ball over 21 times, with Furman cashing them in for 26 points. The Paladins (5-4) complemented it with a strong outside shooting night, hitting eight 3-pointers, with four coming from Charlie Reddick into a team-high tying 16 points.
The offensive turnovers overshadowed a career effort from Keith McDougald. The JU sophomore guard scored a game-high 26 points, connecting on 10-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
“We’ve got to take care of the basketball and have our point guards as well as myself keep us organized on offense,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Keith did a good job early of taking good shots, not just the first shot that came to him. He attacked the basket, made some twos that got him going, and his teammates started to look for him.”
The Dolphins owned a 10-rebound advantage on the glass and scored 21 second chance points to go with 42 points in the paint.
Conversely, Furman was 27-of-33 at the free throw line and only turned the ball over 14 times.
Sporting a 36-33 lead at the half, Furman opened the second stanza on a 15-3 run, capped by a Reddick 3-pointer to own a 51-36 lead with 14:59 left in the game.
The Paladins eventually built a 16-point cushion before the Dolphins rallied. JU got the deficit to single digits for the first time since early in the half thanks to a Chris Davis layup with 4:06 left, cutting Furman’s lead to 69-61.
JU eventually trailed by 11 with 1:21 left and crept back to three thanks to a Aloys Cabell trey off the window with 15 seconds left.
Richard Brown hit 1-of-2 at the stripe and Cabell’s attempt to cut it to one rimmed out, ending the Dolphins hopes for a comeback.
Furman also got 16 points from Brown and Bobby Austin, with Austin dishing out six assists. Jacksonville jumped out to an early lead and opened up a 21-14 advantage, but Furman finished the half on an 8-3 run, capped by a Reddick 3-pointer.
Glenn Powell had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Dolphins while Delwan Graham had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The Dolphins return home for their only home game in December on Thursday when they host Winthrop in the second half of a doubleheader at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. GAME NOTES 26 points by Keith McDougald sets a new career high, surpassing his previous high of 21 set in the opener at Florida State...JU has now allowed 80 points in each of its last four games.