DELAND, Fla. – Jacksonville University (15-10, 3-5 ASUN) survived a furious last-second run by Stetson University (9-15, 2-6 ASUN) on Monday, earning its 50th win in the all-time series with an 89-86 victory in the Edmunds Center.
"Little bit of everything tonight," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "Some good offense, some good defense, some bad offense, and some bad defense. Fortunately for us we made enough plays on both ends to win the game. Give Stetson credit; they kept coming at us and coming at us, but I'm really proud of how our guys were able to stay the course and get this road win."
Jacksonville struck first in the second half, but Stetson again held the advantage for several minutes, leading by as much as five, 52-47. A three from Tanner Rubio, good defensive hands from Darien Fernandez, and a dunk from Marcel White tied the game up at 52-52. Just a few seconds later J.R. Holder hit a three from just beyond the arc to give the Dolphins their first lead of the half, 55-52. Over the next five minutes JU outscored Stetson 24-9, and led by 15, 79-64, with 5:49 left. But the Dolphin offense stalled a bit again at the end of the second half, and over the final five minutes Stetson outscored JU 22-10, cutting the margin down to as little as two points, 88-86, with 12 second left. JU split its final four opportunities at the line, but that proved enough as Stetson's Derick Newtown missed a three-point shot with the clock expiring. The final from DeLand: JU 89, Stetson 86.
JU snagged the opening tip, but turnovers by both teams on the opening possessions kept the game scoreless until Cody Helgeland sank two free throws 54 seconds in. The Hatters answered with a three, but JU took the lead again on a dunk by Antwon Clayton. The two teams traded baskets over the next few possessions, then Stetson went on a 9-2 run to go up 14-8 with 15:01 left in the period. JU scrapped back within one point twice at 14-13 and 17-16, but each time Stetson answered with a three-ball to put the lead back at four. But Fernandez scored on three consecutive Dolphin possessions to tie the game at 23, and the Dolphins took their first lead since two minutes into the game on a driving layup by White. The Dolphins led by as much as six points, 36-30, keeping Stetson from making a basket over the next 4:40. But the Hatters ended the half with a 6-0 run, tying the game at 36-36 at the half.
- Fernandez had 27 points, his fourth game of at least 20 points this season. The senior from Onset, Mass., also had nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
- White had 21 points on 50 percent shooting in just his second game back from a two-month break due to a foot injury. The senior from Lake Wales, Fla., also had two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.
- The Dolphins improve to 50-35 all-time against Stetson, and have won the last four games and five of the last six.