Jacksonville Balance Impresses in 79-71 Road Win at Bethune-Cookman

Jacksonville Balance Impresses in 79-71 Road Win at Bethune-Cookman


– The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (7-5) made it four-consecutive wins on Saturday night when it took care of business on the road, knocking off Bethune-Cookman (4-8), 79-71.

JD Notae was the catalyst off the bench for JU, dropping 20 points on 7-16 from the floor to go with nine rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. Jalyn Hinton grabbed 10 boards and blocked four more shots to go with his seven points and Jace Hogan rattled off 18. The Dolphin benched contributed 41 points on Saturday night and the team held the home side to just 36 percent shooting from the floor to secure the victory.

For much of the first half, this game bounced back-and-forth with five lead changes and two ties. Jace Hogan did his best to carry JU in the early going, posting nine of the first 25 for his team but the Dolphins trailed by one, 26-25, with 6:07 to play in the half. Hogan converted a lay-in inside with 5:51 left that sparked what ended up being a 13-5 run to close the half for Jacksonville, who led by as many as 10, to take a seven-point lead into the locker room, 38-31.

The Dolphin shot 41.7 percent from the floor on 15-36 shooting in the first half and held Bethune-Cookman to just 28.6 percent while blocking three shots. Hogan was the lone JU player to take double figures into the break with 13. JD Notae came off the bench for nine in the first half. The Jacksonville bench outscored its starters, 22-16, showing off its depth on the road.

The Wildcats made their run to start the second half, quickly rolling out a 14-2 stretch over the first 5:45 to take a two-point advantage leading into the media timeout. Trailing 46-42, JD Notae and DeAnthony McCallum took over, going on a 7-0 run by themselves to push JU back on top around the 12-minute mark.

Jacksonville pushed its lead to nine, 61-52, on a Jalyn Hinton dunk with 6:45 to go in the game, forcing BCU into a timeout. It was back-and-forth from then on as the Wildcats cut into the lead slightly throughout but never made it back to a single-possession game. JU took its largest lead of the night, 72-61, on a Tyreese Davis free throw at the 1:42 mark and never looked back.

Up next for JU is a trip north to the Hoosier State where the Dolphins will take the floor opposite ACC powerhouse Notre Dame on Dec. 20 followed by a trip to Assembly Hall for a date with No. 25 Indiana (Dec. 22). The Notre Dame game will air on ACC Network Extra and the Indiana game will air on the Big Ten Network, both online.