Mirror Finish Falls in Favor of ‘Phins

Mirror Finish Falls in Favor of ‘Phins

MOBILE, Ala. – In an almost repeat finish to the first game of their Alabama road trip, the final seconds determined the winner between the Jacksonville University Dolphins and the South Alabama Jaguars.

Sunday's decision, however, went to the 'Phins, as Jasmyn Brown kissed a lay-in off the glass with 3.3 seconds remaining in the 60-58 victory.  

A game prior, Brown swished a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, but Troy scored on an inbound lob to secure a one-point win.

The Jaguars nearly repeated the nail-biting act on their final possession with a three-pointer that hit the front of the rim and bounced out.

"I'm just really happy for this team," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "We have a lot of things that we need to work on and we're not perfect but the resiliency of this team. They chose to come out and compete today instead of feeling sorry for themselves after the heartbreaker on Friday, and that speaks a lot."

The Jaguars hopped out to an early 6-0 edge before Jacksonville was able to land a shot attempt. Turnovers opened the door for a pair of fast break layups during the stretch, and Brown capped the run (7:45) with a midrange jumper.

The score stuck at 10-5 for nearly three minutes of the period before Jacksonville embarked on a 9-2 run. Naqaiyyah Teague broke the scoreless stalemate with a three-pointer with 2:20 left, and JU concluded the frame up, 14-12.

Neither team shot particularly well from the floor in the second quarter as each tallied 11 points.

Momentum remained in favor of Jacksonville at the half, 25-23.

"We didn't really talk about the fact that we weren't scoring [at the half], because we were excited about what we were doing on the defensive end," said McCuin. "We wanted to keep them at 12 or less [points] per quarter and we were able to do that."

The 'Phins' effort from the floor jumped from 21.4 percent in the second quarter to 46.7 in the third, and a huge help in the improvement was three-point shooting. The Dolphins registered five treys in the period, and La'Karis Salter swished three of them.

There were four ties in the second half – the final occurred at 58-all with 30 seconds left in the game – but there was never a lead change.

Jacksonville remained in control until the final horn.

Brown finished the game with a team-high 14 points while Brandi Buie added 12 and Salter 11.

Jacksonville returns to Historic Swisher Gymnasium Sunday, Dec. 10, for a 2 p.m. game against Flager.