SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Last second shot stuns JU
Larkira Jones took an inbounds pass and hit a layup with less than one second to play to cap a big comeback as North Florida knocked off JU 46-44 in an Atlantic Sun game at Swisher Gym Saturday.
Jones took the pass from Jadhken Kerr with 1.7 seconds to play turned and let go of her shot before the buzzer went off. Officials checked replays and concurred the shot was good.
The basket erased a 14-point deficit the Ospreys (13-16, 10-8) found themselves in with 18:33 to play when JU’s Tracie Sneed connected on a jumper for a 30-16 lead.
The Dolphins (10-19, 8-10) appeared to have the game well in hand after a steal and jumper by Jessica George with 8:47 to play in the first half put JU up 11-10 and led to a 19-6 run which ended with Sneed’s field goal.
UNF began clawing back and pulled to within five at 39-34 with 6:34 to play, to within one with 1:20 to go and tying at 44 with 40 seconds remaining.
UNF, which was only 14-59 from the field (24.7 percent), held the Dolphins without a field goal the last 4:31 and finished the game scoring the last 10 points.
JU’s Abril Peeples led her team in scoring with 11 points, all in the first half, and was the only Dolphin in double figures. They shot 33 percent from the field for the game and 37 percent from the free throw line (3-for-8).
UNF’s Brittany Kirkland led the Ospreys with 12 points and was her team’s only double-figure scorer. The Ospreys were 16 of 21 from the line.
With the win, UNF swept the Dolphins for the season as they won at North Florida 51-36 in December.
Both teams now head to the A-Sun tournament this week in Macon, Ga. JU is the sixth seed.
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