Second Half Push Not Enough for Dolphins on Saturday

Second Half Push Not Enough for Dolphins on Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University (15-11, 3-6 ASUN) played one of the strongest 10 minutes of the 2016-17 season in the beginning of the second half against Florida Gulf Coast University (19-6, 8-1 ASUN), but it wasn't enough in a game where the Dolphins had 17 turnovers and missed all five of their one-and-one opportunities at the free throw line. FGCU defeated JU 67-57 on Saturday in the Historic Swisher Gym.

"Give Gulf Coast credit. They did a pretty good job to start the game and to finish the game," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "We were hampered by a lot of self-inflicted wounds. We missed a bunch of free throws and turned the ball over too much tonight. We've got to learn from it and bounce back next week."

Second Half

Jacksonville opened the half outscoring FGCU 8-0, fueled by a J.R. Holder three, a charismatic dunk by Antwon Clayton after he blocked an Eagle on the other end, and a classic three-point play by Holder. The Dolphins continued to pour it on in the early goings of the second half, outscoring FGCU 17-2 in the first eight minutes and 22-7 in the first 10 minutes. But the game turned at 10:06 remaining when FGCU scored on back-to-back layups, taking a 52-50 lead that the Eagles never relinquished. Final score: FGCU 67, JU 57.

First Half

Jacksonville struck first on a dagger of a three from Cody Helgeland after collecting the rebound from FGCU's opening shot. The Eagles' Rayjon Tucker scored four straight, then Marcel White answered with a three on the other end to put JU back out front 6-4. An Eagle dunk tied the game again, then Darien Fernandez hit the third three of the night to put JU up 9-6. The Dolphins and Eagles traded points twice more before a 9-0 run put FGCU up 23-12 with 10:42 left in the half. Fernandez ended the Eagle run with a spectacular move in the lane, and the two teams traded runs the rest of the half, with FGCU's run coming last in the period. At the half FGCU led 40-28.

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