Dolphins return to Veterans Memorial Arena to host UNF on Friday at 7pm
KENNESAW, Ga. – Jacksonville was unable to capitalize on a solid first half as host Kennesaw State won a 75-68 Atlantic Sun match-up Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center. The Dolphins drop to 12-14 overall and 7-6 in the A-Sun with the loss.
Junior guard Keith McDougald (Jacksonville, Fla.) led JU with 15 points hitting 4-7 from beyond the arc. Junior Dylan Fritsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) added four three pointers as well connecting on 4-6 from three to finish with 14 points in 15 minutes of action off the bench.
Behind a pair of McDougald’s threes, the Dolphins used a 10-0 run during a two minute spurt near the start of the game to seize control of the first half. JU led by as many as 12 points with 3:29 left in the period before going into the break up 38-33.
Kennesaw State (3-21; 2-10 A-Sun) carrying their momentum from the end of the first half over scoring the first five points of the second half to tie the game. After that initial burst by the Owls it was back and forth they went as the next 13 minutes featured six ties and seven lead changes.
“We shot the ball well from the outside pretty good early on, but I think we started relying on that a little too much and we stopped playing defense the way we need to play,” said Head Coach Cliff Warren. “Then in the second half we missed three or four lay-ups which didn’t enable us to get back on defense and allowed them to get some offensive rebounds.”
With just over five minutes remaining and JU down by one, Fritsch canned a three from the right corner to for a 59-57 advantage. The Owls’ Markeith Cummings, who entered the game leading the A-Sun with 17.0 points per game, took over from there for Kennesaw State.
Cummings (18 points) scored the next seven points as the Owls used a 9-0 run to secure a 66-59 lead with 3:21 left to play. JU closed back to within three in the final two minutes, but could not secure the defensive rebound it needed down the stretch as Aaron Anderson grabbed two of his game high 13 rebounds on the offensive end.
Senior Glenn Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) added 12 points and a team best seven rebounds for the Dolphins.
JU returns home to Veterans Memorial Arena for three straight starting on Friday vs North Florida. Listen on 92.5 FM, the flagship station of Jacksonville athletics.
• The Dolphins had won 12 straight in the series before the loss
• Fritsch has six games this season with at least four three-pointers
• McDougald is shooting 24-51 (47.1 Percent) from three in conference play
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