Dolphins keep pace on top of the A-Sun standings with second straight road win
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Another strong performance from a balanced Jacksonville men’s basketball team led the Dolphins (11-10; 6-2) to their fourth straight victory with an 83-80 win tonight at East Tennessee State (5-15; 3-4). The victory moves JU back into a tie for first with Stetson on top of the A-Sun standings at 6-2.
Junior guard Keith McDougald (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored a game high 23 points while adding four steals and three assists in the Dolphins second straight road win. McDougald scored 15 of his points in the second half, including seven during a 9-2 run to open the second half that gave JU it’s first lead of the game.
McDougald’s third 20-point game of the season was back 40 points from the JU bench with 17 points coming from junior Dylan Fritsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) and 16 points coming from junior Javon Dawson (Cordele, Ga.). Dawson scored six points in the final 80 seconds. None were bigger however then his 10-foot leaner and free throw with 1:20 left.
Named the A-Sun Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday, Dawson answered a three-pointer by ETSU’s Jarvis Jones that put the Pirates up 76-75 one possession earlier. Two free throws by Hunter Harris tied the game once more for ETSU, but once again the Dolphins had the answer.
As he did against North Florida last Friday, senior guard Russell Powell (Newnan, Ga.) hit a long jumper from the right wing to give JU a lead it would not relinquish. Powell, who had six points and also equaled a season best with nine assists, just beat the shot clock with his basket that put the Dolphins up 80-78 with 35 seconds remaining.
The JU defense and Dawson would do the rest. The University of Utah transfer rebounded a missed Jones three and would then hit three free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the victory and give JU its longest A-Sun win streak since the 2009-10 season.
The high octane game featured a combined 20 made three pointers and double digit comebacks from each team.
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The four game A-Sun win streak is the longest since JU won nine straight conference games on the way to a regular season title in 2009-10
Jacksonville has now won A-Sun games this season when both teams score in the 90s, 80s, 50s and 40s
12 of Dawson’s 16 points came in the final minute of the first half and final 1:20 of the second half
Dawson is averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while hitting 12-17 from the field and 7-8 from the line in the last two games
Second straight road win at ETSU after losing the first five games in Johnson City
Third game this season Fritsch (5-9) has hit at least five three-pointers in a game
McDougald is averaging 14.9 points and shooting 47 percent from three during A-Sun play this year
Jacksonville held a 20-12 advantage in points off turnovers
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