Men's basketball downs Milwaukee, 71-66
Senior Glenn Powell
Senior Glenn Powell
The JU men’s basketball team ended the Hoops for Hope Classic with a 71-66 win over Milwaukee Saturday in the Puerto Vallarta Convention Center.

The Dolphins (3-4) got 29 points from the bench, including a team-high 14 by junior Dylan Fritsch to set up the win. Freshman Jarvis Haywood had 13 points, four boards, two steals and a block, while senior Glenn Powell almost had his second straight double-double at 10 points and nine boards.

JU’s defense played a big role in the victory after scoring 21 points on 20 Panthers’ (2-3) turnovers and 11 steals. The Dolphins also held Milwaukee to two three-pointers after allowing nine in yesterday’s loss.

“We played much better today,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “We got off to a good start in the first half and made some good defensive stops. Overall, I was proud of the effort in the game and look forward to more of it next week at South Carolina State.”

Jordan Aaron posted 19 points to lead the Panthers’ offense. Demetrius Harris had 16 points and 12 boards, while James Haarsma and Thierno Niang each finished with 10 points.

In the second half, a two Niang layups helped cut the Panthers’ halftime deficit to 47-44 with 9:30 left. Fritsch knocked down a three-pointer in the next possession to spark a 9-4 stretch for a 56-48 lead (5:20). The Panthers rallied to cut the lead to 64-61 on a dunk by Harris with less than a minute left. The Dolphins made three free throws until a Niang three-pointer cut the lead to three again, 67-64, at 22 seconds remaining. JU got a turnover and four free throws from senior Russell Powell to secure the win.

Despite shooting 28 percent in the second half, the Dolphins hit 17 of 27 free throws in the frame en route to a 72.5 percentage (29-40) for the game. Glenn Powell hit 8 of 11 free throws, while Russell Powell and Haywood made seven each.

After falling behind 11-2 in the first half, the Dolphins woke up with a 15-3 run, capped on a junior Javon Dawson layup, to take a 17-14 advantage (11:54). The Panthers cut the deficit to one, 19-18, for the second time on an Aaron layup with 8:48 left. Junior Keith McDougald extended JU’s lead on a layup and four free throws, while a three-pointer in transition from freshman Marcellous Bell gave the Dolphins a 33-21 advantage at 2:47. Glenn Powell added a dunk in the final minute to give JU a 37-23 lead at the break.

McDougald finished with eight points, while Bell had six for JU. McDougald and sophomore Evin Graham each recorded three steals.

The Dolphins wrap this long road trip Wednesday state side against South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. after the JU women take on the Lady Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m.