JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A balanced offensive output with five players reaching double-figures for the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team paced the Dolphins (1-1) on Tuesday night at Swisher Gym as they came away with a 101-72 victory over Florida College. The 101 points marks the first time that JU has reached triple digits since a 101-97 overtime victory over Mercer on Feb. 16, 2007, and is the third time in Cliff Warren’s tenure that Jacksonville has broken that barrier.
Jeremy Bogus drained 6-of-7 shots on the night, including all four of his 3-point attempts, for a career-high 17 points in only 12 minutes of playing time. Tyler Alderman also set a new career high with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. RJ Slawson secured his first double-double as a Dolphin with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Keith McDougald (15 points) and Vince Martin (11 points) scored in double-digits as well for Jacksonville.
From the moment Slawson won the opening tip and worked his way down low to cash in an easy bucket, it was clear which team would control the interior on Tuesday. Without the size of JU, the Falcons relied on their depth and outside shooting and were able to hang with the Dolphins for much of the first half. FC’s Alvin Satram was particularly hot from downtown to start the game. His third straight made 3-pointer gave the Falcons a 12-7 lead at the first media timeout.
Florida College continued to hold a five-point edge at 19-14 until Jacksonville overtook the Falcons with a 12-0 spurt in less than two minutes. Alderman started the run with a free throw and ended it with a shot from the paint that made it 26-19. The visitors continued to drain outside shots and were still down only one with less than nine minutes until halftime, but Jacksonville dug its heels in and scored 22 of its next 24 points either in the paint or at the line. The final two points of the first half came as Slawson forced a desperation pass up the court to J.R. Holder. Holder was fouled and the officials confirmed that the whistle came with only 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock. His two freebies gave the Dolphins a 51-41 lead at the break.
Jacksonville continued to pound it down low early on in the second half, scoring its first 15 points in the lane or off of FC fouls. Down 18, the Falcons began to clog the driving lane and limit looks for the Dolphin big men. With the lead down to 11 points at 66-55, it was up to Marcellous Bell to help JU establish the upper hand once again with the first 3-pointer of the half. That was followed two minutes later by a triple from Bogus that made it a 76-57 contest.
With the duo of Bell and Bogus combining for six second-half treys, the Dolphins once again found room to maneuver down low. Alderman was one of the main recipients of this extra time and space, hitting four field goals. As time ticked away and Jacksonville was firmly in command, the only question became whether they would hit 100. Bogus was able to send the fans home happy with a transition lay-up just inside the final minute, then a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net from the left wing with 20 seconds to play, giving the Dolphins their final margin of 101-72.
“I could see a lot of confidence in our bench players tonight,” said Warren. “We improved a lot just from the first half to the second half of this game, and it was a player-driven improvement rather than a coach-driven improvement, which I take as a good sign.”
Jacksonville held a 46-34 edge in points in the paint, and a 22-2 lead on points off turnovers. Thanks to the numerous scoring outbursts off the bench, the JU reserves actually outscored the starters in the game, 51-50.
AJ Williams of Florida College led all scorers with 19 points and added 11 rebounds. Satram chipped in with 16 on the night.
JU returns to action this weekend, taking on Gardner-Webb on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C.
- The 51 points scored by the Jacksonville bench is the most since the JU reserves combined for 55 points in the season opener of the 2003-04 season against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
- A total of six players set career highs for points in the contest. In addition to Bogus’ team-high 17 points and Alderman’s 15, RJ Slawson (13), J.R. Holder (8), Sam Hunt (6) and Marcel White (4) all put up career-bests in their young JU careers.
- Keith McDougald scored in double-figures for the 16th time in 17 games.
- In 18 minutes of action, Hunt dropped five assists with zero turnovers.
- Jacksonville’s 40 free throw attempts were the most since the team shot that same number in a 71-66 win over Milwaukee on Nov. 24, 2012. The Dolphins connected on 30 of their foul shots, the highest since a 76-64 victory over Mercer on Feb. 20, 2010 in which the team hit 32-of-44 attempts.
- It was also a big night on the glass for the Fins. JU collected 51 caroms in the game, breaking the 50-rebound mark for the fifth time in the Cliff Warren era. The last time Jacksonville had 50 or more in a game came in last season’s triple-overtime 99-92 victory against Kennesaw State on Jan. 10, 2013. Going back further, the team last pulled off the feat in regulation during a 91-52 victory on Jan. 4, 2010 that also came against the Owls. This was the first time that the Dolphins pulled in 50 or more rebounds under Warren in a non-conference game.