GREENSBORO, N.C. – A 16-4 run by Jacksonville University to end the game helped the Dolphins (5-2) take down North Carolina A&T (1-4) 66-49. JU improves to 2-2 on the road, and is off to its best start overall since the 2010-11 season.
"Give credit to A&T," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "They did a really good job of getting this game to play the way they wanted to play it. Fortunately for us we were able to get a couple of stops and make a couple of baskets late that got us some separation. The outcome could've been different."
The second half began somewhat strangely; an attempt at a rebound by J.R. Holder took a bad bounce, and became the first two points of the half for NC A&T. Holder made up for the bucket with a quick layup on the other end, giving the Dolphins an 11-point lead, 37-26, with 18:07 left. Over the next 10 minutes JU allowed just one make in 10 attempts by the Aggies, and JU stretched the lead to 15, 50-35. But then Jacksonville turned it over or missed its shots on the next five possessions, and A&T put together a 10-0 run to pull within five points, 50-45, with just 4:21 left. Jasick called a timeout, and a re-focused Dolphin squad came out of the break with a 14-0 run of its own to seal the victory. Over the final 4:21 JU outscored NC A&T 16-4, winning 66-49.
NC A&T took the opening tip, and scored on its first attempt, a layup by Davaris McGowens. After that first bucket neither team scored for the next three minutes, with JU missing its first five shots and the Aggies either missing their shot or turning it over on the next six possessions. The scoring drought was ended by Holder, who hit a driving layup about four minutes in to give JU its first lead. Jacksonville hit seven of its next nine attempts to go on a 16-6 run, and led 19-8 with 10:37 left. Down the stretch JU and A&T were neck and neck, each team scoring 16 points, and at the half JU led 35-24.
- In six of its first seven games, JU has lost the opening tipoff. JU is 4-2 in those games.
- Jacksonville is now 3-1 when allowing its opponent to score first.
- This is the first time this season Jacksonville has emerged victorious when scoring under 70 points. Previously the Dolphins were 0-2.
- This is the first time JU has held an opponent to under 50 points since January 5, 2016, when the Dolphins held Trinity Baptist to just 45 points.
- Holder has now scored at least 10 points in all seven games this season. He was joined in double figures by Devin Harris and Cody Helgeland.