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KENNESAW, Ga. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (8-9, 1-1 ASUN) could do no wrong on Wednesday night at Kennesaw State (3-14, 0-2 ASUN), riding a triple-double from JD Notae and 58.3 percent shooting to an impressive, 90-70, victory.
Notae scored 15 points to go with 10 rebounds and a career-best 10 assists to earn the first triple-double of his career and first from a JU player since Devin Harris closed out the 2017-18 regular season with one against North Florida. The sophomore needed just 31 minutes to pull all of this off.
Leading the scoring for JU, not to be overshadowed, was freshman Tyreese Davis who canned a career-high 19 points and pulled down a career-high 12 boards to secure the second double-double of his young career. He also added six assists for good measure while going 8-10 from the floor and 2-3 from deep.
This is the first win by 20 points or more for Jacksonville against an ASUN opponent since Jan. 1, 2014. That win came coincidentally against Kennesaw State but at home. The last road win in ASUN play by 20 or more for JU came, conveniently enough, at Kennesaw State on Jan. 22, 2011.
Quietly, Jace Hogan dropped in 16 points in just 18 minutes of court time to go with four rebounds and three assists. Not-so-quietly, David Bell dunked his way to a career-high 13 points and seven rebounds while Jalyn Hinton came off the bench for nine.
The Dolphins got hot early in the first half and that did not change through the that first 20. Jacksonville assisted on each of its first 12 baskets and were shooting over 70 percent for much of the half. The transition game was lifting JU, producing 24 of its 42 points in the paint, including six dunks, four of which came from David Bell for all eight of his first half points.
JU jumped ahead early, then surrendered an 11-0 run that tied the game at 18. Kennesaw State made a free throw to take a 19-18 lead, Dave Bell dropped a hammer on the next possession and that was the spark Jacksonville needed to start building its lead once again. By the end of the first half, Notae had already dished out a career-high tying seven assists; the team had 15 on 17 made baskets and the lead was 42-35.
Things took off in the second half for JU. After some back and forth to begin the half, a layup from JD Notae at the 16:03 mark kicked off an 18-0 Jacksonville run that essentially put this game away just under 13 minutes to play. Notae and Davis controlled the ball while Bell and Hogan converted on the inside.
The Dolphins handed out nine more assists in that second half while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (18-33). Notae secured the first triple-double of his career with a rebound around the eight-minute mark; Davis had his double-double not long after as career-highs fell all over the place. The benches emptied down the stretch as JU coasted to its 20-point victory to even its tally in the ASUN.
The road swing will continue with a trip north to Lynchburg, Va. for a date with new ASUN member and one of the four programs picked ahead of the Dolphins in the preseason poll, Liberty. That game is set to air on ESPN+ at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 12). It will be the first-ever meeting between Jacksonville and Liberty. The Flames are off to a 2-0 start in league play and hold a 13-4 record overall.
Notae Notches First Triple Double in Impressive Win at Kennesaw State, 90-70
|Jacksonville (8-9, 1-1 ASUN)||42||48||90|
|Kennesaw State (3-14, 0-2 ASUN)||35||35||70|
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