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."
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.
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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