Hot Shooting Leads Dolphins Over Thomas (Ga.)

Hot Shooting Leads Dolphins Over Thomas (Ga.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ten Dolphins found themselves on the scoresheet, including four with double-digit points, as Jacksonville University's men's basketball team defeated Thomas (Ga.), 93-64, Wednesday evening at Historic Swisher Gymnasium.

"Give Thomas credit," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "I thought they came out and did a nice job early in the game. Our guys responded well over the course of the entire game, both offensively and defensively, which was good to see."

The victory is Jacksonville's fourth win in five games and propels the Dolphins to 10-5 on the season. Thomas (Ga.), of the NAIA, drops to 5-5 on the year.

The Green and White shot a season-best 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the floor, and finished 19-of-27 at the free-throw line.

J.R. Holder led both teams with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and was a nearly-perfect 5-of-6 at the charity stripe.

Jacksonville led by as many as 11 in the opening half, 42-31, and the Dolphins continued their offensive assault in the second half.

Using a 12-2 run with an evenly-balanced attack with baskets from Cody Helgeland, Omar El Manasterly, Devin Harris, and a three from Darien Fernandez, Jacksonville quickly put the game out of reach.

Fernandez (15 points), Helgeland (14 points, five rebounds), and Harris (13 points, eight rebounds) also finished in double-digits for the hosts.

JU never trailed after a 16-16 deadlock early in the first half and held a 42-33 advantage heading into the locker room at the intermission.

The Dolphins close out the 2016 portion of their schedule on Saturday, January 31 when South Carolina State visits Historic Swisher Gymnasium at 12:00 p.m.

Tip-Ins

  • Jordan Martin opened his Dolphin career Wednesday night against Thomas. The freshman scored on his only three-point attempt.
  • The Dolphins improve to 7-0 when holding an opponent under 70 points, and 9-1 when scoring at least 70 points.