MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (1-4) found itself on Saturday night opposite South Alabama (2-2), jumping ahead early and never looking back as it rolled to a, 71-48, victory over the hometown squad.
The Dolphin defense was the story of the game, as it went on to hold the Jaguars to just 24.7 percent shooting from the floor while on the other end, JU fired a blistering 47.9 percent clip (23-48), going 23-31 from the charity stripe and 2-6 from deep. Jacksonville outscored USA 38-26 in the paint, 17-3 off the bench and blocked a Mitchell Center record 12 shots in the game. Those 12 blocks are tied for sixth-most in a single game in program history and it's the first time JU has blocked that many shots in a game since Dec. 2, 2002.
On the offensive end, Jacksonville put five players in double figures for the first time this season, led by 15 points each from Jace Hogan and Aamahne Santos. Hogan added in 12 boards to pick up his first double-double of the season, as did David Bell who scored 11 points and pulled down 11 boards.
Jalyn Hinton and JD Notae each dropped in 12 points, swapping roles for the night as Hinton made his first start of the season, forcing Notae off the bench. Hinton capitalized on his opportunity, blocking a career-best seven shots to go with those 12 points while also pulling down six boards and handing out a pair of assists. His seven swats are tied for the second-most in Mitchell Center history and just one shy of the facility record.
Jacksonville won the tip, David Bell dropped a hammer and the Dolphins were off and running. The defense stifled the Jaguars on its home floor in the early going as JU built an 18-4 lead by the nine-minute mark. USA made its run in the first half to cut it to six and eight on a couple of occasions but by the end of the first the Dolphins had built a 17-point advantage, 33-16.
There was some back-and-forth early on in the second half until South Alabama started to heat up from the floor. By the 8:22 mark, the JU lead was cut all the way down to nine and the crowd was back in the game but a Bell dunk on the next possession halted the momentum and commenced a 20-8 run to close the game.
This was by far the most impressive performance of the season for the Dolphins who will look to close the trip on a win-streak tomorrow when it squares off with Chattanooga at 4:05 p.m. EST.