Junior Dylan Fritsch to 14 of his 18 points in the first half to lead the Dolphins (4-5) in scoring for the third straight game. Freshman Marcellous Bell scored 12 off the bench, while senior Glenn Powell recorded 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
The Dolphins shot 54.1 percent (20-37) from the floor in the first half en route to a 48.3 field goal percentage. JU also had 36 points from the bench and 26 points on 26 Suns’ (9-3) turnovers and 18 steals.
“We are happy to come away with the win,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “Our team has struggled early, but I am pleased with the way we started tonight. There is certainly more room for improvement and we will start that process for Friday’s match-up at South Carolina.”
In the first half, the Dolphins took a 14-5 lead (15:50) on consecutive three-pointers from sophomore Jeremy Bogus and Fritsch. Bell added a three-pointer less than five minutes later to extend the JU advantage to 28-16. The Suns picked up a score on a layup and got a three-pointer from Colton Catto to cut the deficit to 28-21 (10:02). JU followed with a Bell three-pointer that sparked a 21-4 stretch to give them a 49-25 lead (5:52). Senior Russell Powell nailed a jumper in the final minute to allow JU a commanding 57-35 lead at half time.
Junior Keith McDougald and junior Javon Dawson each finished with 10 points for JU. McDougald also added five assists and four steals to help the cause.
JU extended its lead to 31, 73-42, early into the second half on a three-pointer from freshman Chris Spurling. Florida Christian made some runs, but JU kept the lead at 20 for the rest of the way to secure the win.
AJ Williams led Florida Christian with 17 points, while Alex Sanchez added 16 points. Kenny Blanc had 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Dolphins hit the road again Friday to play South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen live on Fox Sports Carolina.