Jacksonville Overcomes Second Half Deficits to Secure Exciting Road Win, 94-88

CLINTON, S.C. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (5-5) had its back against the wall on Saturday night at Presbyterian (3-5), trailing by as many nine in the second half and facing an opponent that shot over 60 percent for much of the contest but overcame all of that to come from behind and claim a 94-88 victory.

The Dolphin offense was more than up to the task in this one but Presbyterian was just that hot throughout the first half and into the second before the Dolphin defense locked in late. Jace Hogandid his part to steady the offense, dropping a season-high 22 points on the strength of 12-15 at the free throw line to go with 10 boards. Freshman Tyreese Davis secured the first double-double of his career (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Jalyn Hinton continued to roll with 16 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Quietly, DeAnthony McCallum (11 points) has scored in double figures in five-consecutive games; the only Dolphin to do so and all off the bench. JD Notae got hot from deep, knocking down a trio of triples to build towards his 17 points off the pine along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The Dolphins went on to shoot 51.7 percent from the floor and 25-33 from the free throw line while the Blue Hose were white hot on their home floor, shooting 54.7 percent for the game. The JU defense held Presbyterian to just five made triples after averaging nearly 11 made per game entering Saturday's tilt.

The pace throughout the game was frenetic, featuring 11 ties and 10 lead changes. Things seemed dire when the Blue Hose came out of the locker room in the second half, flaming hot and put up 14 points in less than five minutes to build a nine-point advantage. But a quick timeout settled the Dolphins and they chipped away from there.

Hogan knocked down a pair of free throws, David Bell threw down and electrifying dunk and a pair of triples from Aamahne Santos and JD Notae later on cut the deficit to just one by the 13:37 mark and it was game on.

By the 6:35 mark, PC had built its lead back up to seven, 82-75, but again a JU dunk, this time from Hinton, changed the momentum. The sophomore dunked again a couple minutes later to make it a two-point game and Hogan converted a bucket plus the foul to give JU a lead, 84-83, with 3:31 left. The Dolphins locked in and closed the contest on a 10-5 run to pick up the win.

Jacksonville University Athletics will be hosting Craft Beer Day on Saturday December 8th. Come out with some friends to enjoy the sun and Jacksonville basketball. Craft beer will be sold starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until 5:30 p.m. Be sure to catch the game shortly after as your Jacksonville basketball team takes on Middle Georgia State with tipoff 6 p.m.

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