ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Jace Hogan totaled 24 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal en route to his fifth double-double in 10 games, but it wasn't quite enough for Jacksonville (4-8) on Saturday as the Dolphins fell at South Carolina State (4-9) 83-74. Hogan was joined in double digits by JD Notae, who had 17 points, seven boards, three assists, and a steal.
"We didn't win any of the toughness categories," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "We got out-rebounded, we turned the ball over, and we didn't get to the bonus in either half. You're not going to win the game if you turn the ball over, if you give up offensive rebounds, and if you don't get to the free throw line. We've got a lot of things we need to work on and guys that need to continue to improve moving forward."
Jacksonville pulled within two points, 38-36, less than a minute in when Cody Helgeland caught a pass from Tanner Rubio and nailed a three. Jacksonville would score just one point, a free throw by Notae, over the next five minutes, and trailed by 12, 49-37, with 14 minutes left in the game.
Hogan went to work over the next four minutes, scoring nine of Jacksonville's next 14 points and earning the assist on a three-pointer by Helgeland. The junior transfer from the US Naval Academy pulled Jacksonville back within seven points, 51-44, on a driving layup and a free throw with 11 minutes on the clock, and cut that lead to six, 53-47, on his assist to Helgeland.
But South Carolina State was able to match every Jacksonville run with a run of its own, stretching the lead back out to as much as 14 points, 65-51, with 6:17 remaining on the clock. The Dolphins would make their final push on consecutive three-pointers by Notae with 1:29 left on the clock, trailing by seven points, 77-70, but the Bulldogs nailed four of their final six free throws to keep Jacksonville at arms-length. The final from Orangeburg: SC State 83, Jacksonville 74.
Foul trouble plagued Jacksonville in the first half; six Dolphins had to spend significant time on the bench after earning two fouls. Those 12 Jacksonville fouls led to 14 free throw attempts for South Carolina State, 10 which were made. In contrast, JU didn't attempt a free throw until the 2:04 mark, when Hogan hit one of two attempts. JU converted two of four free throw attempts as SC State earned just seven fouls.
The Dolphins trailed by as much as 10, 13-3, with 17:14 left, but used a 9-3 run to come back within four points, 16-12, with 12 minutes to go. That run was capped by a jumper from Lee Richmond, who scored on a beautiful pass by Damien Sears. The Bulldogs stretched that lead back out to six points, 26-20, on the fourth three-pointer of the night by Donte Wright, but Jacksonville came back within one, 28-27, on a run capped by a Corey Romich three-pointer with 5:26 left. SC State closed the half with a 10-7 run, and led 38-33.