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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Round One of the 2019 edition of the River City Rumble belongs to the Jacksonville University men's basketball team (9-12, 2-4 ASUN) after knocking off North Florida (9-13, 3-4 ASUN) on the road, 86-81.
Three Dolphins put up double figures, led by JD Notae who canned 22 points to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. David Bell was dominant inside, soaring for multiple earth-shaking dunks en route to a career-high 16 points bolstered by six rebounds and a block with Jalyn Hinton coming off the bench for 12 points, eight boards and five more blocks to add to his league-leading total.
Jacksonville locked in defensively to hold one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country to just 4-20 from long range in the second half. The Dolphins shot 50.8 percent from floor in the game and made just five long balls, but the team's depth was on full display once again as they outscored UNF's bench, 27-6. JU also did a great job capitalizing on the 13 turnovers it forced, besting UNF 20-9 in points off turnovers.
UNF took the lead in the first half with 16:14 left and did not give it back until the 11:43 mark in the second half. During that stretch the Dolphins trailed by as many as six points, never allowing the Ospreys to push its lead beyond two possessions. Tanner Rubio canned a three ball at that 11:43 mark to take the lead and the race to the finish was on from there.
Dave Bell made a pair of free throws to push that lead out to three but UNF quickly answered with a 4-0 run to move back ahead by one at the 9:20 mark. The momentum shifted permanently with just north of four minutes to play with yet another Bell dunk which sparked a 10-2 run that gave JU an eight-point advantage with just 1:39 to play.
UNF found a way to cut it back to three with 13 seconds left but a timely hustle play by Aamahne Santos on the defensive end put the clamps on this one for the Dolphins. This is the third-straight win in the River City Rumble for JU and the 18th overall.
The attention now shifts to a home date with ASUN leader, Liberty, on Sunday afternoon. That game is set to tip at 2 p.m.
Dolphins Take Round One of River City Rumble on the Road, 86-81
|Jacksonville (9-12, 2-4 ASUN)||40||46||86|
|North Florida (9-13, 3-4 ASUN)||45||36||81|
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