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JU Dolphins extend home winning streak to 20 by dispatching Jacksonville State


Jordan Davis and Gyasi Powell lead the way as Dolphins return from defeat on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Jacksonville University had exactly 48 hours to capture its Fort Myers debacle in its rearview mirror.

The memories were brief, as coach Jordan Mincy had hoped. Senior guard Jordan Davis scored 19 points on seven of 10 shots (five of eight from beyond the 3-point arc) and second guard Gyasi Powell added 12 points and five assists as the Dolphins defeated Jacksonville State 62-46 on Monday and their home extended winning streak at Swisher Gym to 20 games.

JU (8-5, 1-1) has the seventh-longest active streak at home in the nation.

More importantly, the Dolphins shrugged off their 72-65 loss to the Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, a game in which they squandered an 18-point lead with less than 17 minutes remaining and went 4-38 without a goal in the final scored.

“We really wanted to lead that last game,” said Davis, who added seven rebounds and three assists. “You really just want to put it behind you, but you want to learn from it.”

It was the ninth time in 18 ASUN games under Mincy that the Dolphins held an opponent to under 60 points and the fifth time they held a conference opponent to 50 points or fewer.

JU struggled offensively in the first half, especially when they scored just two points in the final with 5-01 as the Gamecocks (7-8, 0-2) took a 27-12 lead to 29-20 at halftime shortened. But led by Davis and Powell, the Dolphins shot 57 percent in the second half, including six of 11 on 3-point shots.

The Dolphins built a 23-point lead at 60-37.

Mincy took the blame for FGCU’s rally with a 48-31 deficit, the widest lead the Dolphins have given up since taking over last year.

“The teachable moment…I have to give my boys a chance,” Mincy said. “I felt like I let them down. I need to navigate the game better, understand the game calls, the time…give them an opportunity and put them in the right position to score and not necessarily to play so fast.”

If Mincy blamed himself, the players blamed them, too. Mincy said when he arrived in the Alico Arena dressing room he heard senior guard Kevion Nolan listening to his teammates discuss how they could have avoided the loss.

“Kevion was very vocal,” Mincy said. “He said to the other seniors, ‘This is our final breakthrough… we have a mission here.’ I did not say anything. These guys train each other.”

Davis said the Dolphins need to remember what makes their offense purr: ball movements.

“When we move the ball and play together, we’re at our best,” he said.

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