Basketball Comes to an End as JU is Ousted in the First Round

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Turnovers plagued the Dolphins early and often as JU fell to USC Upstate 76-62 in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. JU (14-17, 9-9 A-Sun) turned the ball over 16 times resulting in 26 points for the Spartans (15-16, 9-9 A-Sun).
“The turnovers we’re very uncharacteristic of our team and it hurt us,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “They were able to speed us up and they capitalized on our mistakes. It was hard to get in a flow out there.”
JU won the opening tip but turned the ball over trying to feed Glenn Powell down low as he stepped out of bounds.
The Dolphins fell behind almost immediately, down 21-9 just over five minutes in. Torrey Craig, the 2012 A-Sun Player of the Year, propelled the Spartans into the second round where they will face No. 1 seed Mercer. Craig finished the game with 17 points, leading Upstate.
“Five guys were in double figures for us,” USC Upstate head coach Eddie Payne said. “When we pass the ball around effectively, we’re a hard team to beat.”
Up 10 at the half, the Spartans opened up the second with a 12-6 run, extending their lead to 51-36. Upstate continued to pull away in the second half, distancing themselves from the Dolphins by as many as 25 points.
In his last game sporting a Dolphins uniform, senior Glenn Powell scored 13 points and picked up 6 boards. 2013 A-Sun all-freshmen team member Jarvis Haywood led the Dolphins with 16 points.
The Dolphins were 41.1 percent from the floor on the night going 23 of 56. Upstate used a hot-shooting first half to build up a lead that they never let go of. They shot 52.6 percent for the game.
JU made a run at it late in the ball game but it proved too little, too late. They dug themselves in too big of a hole and could never really get back into the game.
“We came out playing with a lot of energy,” Torrey Craig said. “We knew what we had to do to get a win and we did that.”