Dolphins Lose Both on Roadtrip, Prepare for UNF

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The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team hit the road for a two-game swing against Mercer and Kennesaw State.
The Dolphins (12-14, 7-6) opened the road trip in Macon. Ga., to take on the Mercer Bears (15-9, 8-3) at Hawkins Arena.
After a long, hard-fought game that saw the Dolphins come back from a double-digit deficit and forced overtime, JU fell on a late three-pointer 67-64.

Following the loss, the Dolphins fell into a three-way tie for third place in the Atlantic Sun Conference with Stetson and USC Upstate.
Freshman guard Jarvis Haywood led the Dolphins with 13 points and junior forward Javon Dawson continued his good play, adding 12 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. Six of Dawson’s 12 points came in the overtime period, as he scored the Dolphins’ only points of the extra time.

JU shot a dismal 1-9 in the overtime period. Dawson, who made the lone basket, was 4-4 from the free-throw line keeping the Dolphins in the game until the end. With under 30 seconds to go, JU looked to Dawson to tie the game as they were down by three, following a Travis Smith three pointer for Mercer.

Freshman forward Kordario Fleming tied his career-high in rebounds with 11 as he tallied his third double-double of the year. He added 10 points along with three blocks and two assists.

Following the heartbreaking loss, the Dolphins got back on the bus and traveled north to take on Kennesaw State (3-21, 2-10).

Following a good first half, JU let Kennesaw St. back into the game and eventually fell to the Owls, 75-68.

Coming off his one-game absence, junior guard Keith McDougald led the Dolphins as he does so often, with 15 points in the game. Junior forward Dylan Fritsch added 14 points of his own as both he and McDougald connected on four 3-pointers in the game.

After going into halftime with a 38-33 lead, JU came out slow as Kennesaw St. scored the first five points of the second half, tying the game at 38. The next stretch of the game saw the Dolphins and the Owls tied up six separate times and seven different lead changes.

“We shot the ball well from the outside pretty good early on, but I think we started relying on that a little too much and we stopped playing defense the way we need to play,” Head Coach Cliff Warren said. “Then in the second half we missed three or four lay-ups which didn’t enable us to get back on defense and allowed them to get some offensive rebounds.”

With just about five minutes left to play, Fritsch hit one of his four 3-pointers giving JU a 59-57 lead. Kennesaw’s Markeith Cummings, who finished with 18 points, scored the next seven points of the game as the Owls went on a 9-0 run taking a 66-59 lead.

Senior forward Glenn Powell gave the Dolphins another solid performance with 12 points and a team high of seven rebounds.
Next up for the Dolphins is a home match up with crosstown rival University of North Florida (10-16, 5-8). The game is set to tip off 7 p.m. on Friday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.