JU Rings In The Holiday Season With A 65-53 Win Over Furman

Three players score double figures as the Dolphins improve to 3-1 at home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –The Jacksonville men’s basketball team started celebrating the Holidays early this year with an impressive defensive effort in a 65-53 win over Furman at Veterans Memorial Arena.  

“Our energy level was much better today,” said Head Coach Cliff Warren.  “Practice the last three days has been pretty challenging for our guys, so it was good to see them come out with some more energy.”

Freshman Jarvis Haywood (Charlotte, N.C.) equaled a career high with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead three players in double figures for the Dolphins which improved to 5-7 on the year while ending a two game skid.  Junior Dylan Fritsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) added 14 points, including 12 in the second half, while freshman Kordario Fleming (Memphis, Tenn.) chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds in his second career start.  

Jacksonville took control of the game with an 11-0 first half run fueled by the freshmen duo of Haywood and Fleming who combined for nine points during the three minute spurt.  Trailing Furman (3-8) 24-21 with six minutes remaining in the half, Haywood began the stretch with a three-pointer followed by a pair of free throws that gave JU a lead it would not relinquish.
The Dolphins eventually went ahead 38-30 at halftime following an opening period in which they shot a season best 60 percent (15-25) from the field.  

In the second half, Fritsch help pace the offense scoring five of JU’s first seven points as the Dolphins took their largest lead of the game at 47-32 with 17:29 left.  

Fritsch was there again for JU with 11 minutes to go when his second three pointer of the night answered a 7-0 Furman run that had cut the margin down to four points (50-46).  The JU defense took it from there as the Dolphins held the Paladins to only a single field goal over the next 11 minutes to seal the win.  

The Dolphins are back in action after the Christmas break on Friday Dec. 28 at No. 6 Indiana.  The 8:00 pm EST game can been seen on the Big Ten Network or heard throughout Jacksonville on 1010XL.  

- JU shot a season best 60% in the first half
- Jarvis Haywood equaled a career high in points (16) and rebounds (9) both previously reached vs Trinty Baptist College
- The win was the first victory for JU against Furman since the 1975-76 season.  The Dolphins now lead the all-time series 8-7
- With 105 career wins, JU Head Coach Cliff Warren is now one victory shy of matching Hugh Durham for the second most wins in school history