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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (11-14, 4-6 ASUN) showed toughness on Wednesday night inside Swisher Gymnasium when it overcame a 16-point deficit against Kennesaw State (4-20, 1-8 ASUN) to come away with an all-important, 82-73, victory as the conference standings begin to take shape.
Jacksonville shot just 30.3 percent in the first half and trailed by 10 at the break without scoring a single point off the bench. The Dolphins managed to put just 27 points on the scoreboard and the Owls were cooking, having shot 47.1 percent over the first 20 minutes. All of that changed in the second half when JU outscored KSU, 55-36, including a 20-4 run to tie the game at 56 and a 17-5 run with the game tied at 60 to all but seal this one.
DeAnthony McCallum was the catalyst with a career-best 16 points off the bench, all in the second half while David Bell provided the monstrous presence inside with a staggering 17-point, 15-rebound double-double. Both of those tallies are career-highs for Bell who collected an unthinkable 10 offensive rebounds. The Cleveland native added in a pair of assists and a block for good measure to round out his career night. JD Notae led the Dolphins with 18 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals and Tyreese Davis was the fourth JU player to go for double figures with 12.
During its massive 20-4 run in the second half to get back into the game, Jacksonville forced Kennesaw State into six turnovers and 18 total for the game which resulted in 28 points on the other end. The Dolphins handed out 19 assists against just eight turnovers while that ratio was flipped (9:18) for Kennesaw State.
The Dolphin defense forced KSU into becoming a jump shooting team, only allowed six trips to the free throw line with JU made 26 and converted 20 times. While the Owls ultimately shot a better percentage, JU made the shots that counted at the end and forced their way into higher percentage looks, dropping 42 points in the paint.
Up next for Jacksonville will be a trip to Nashville, Tenn. to visit unbeaten ASUN leader Lipscomb. That game is set to tip at 5 p.m. on Saturday night. The Dolphins just missed out on the upset to begin conference play, dropping a 77-74 decision on Jan. 5.
Dolphins Overcome 16-Point Deficit to Knock Off Kennesaw State, 82-73
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