JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville protected home court in the opening round of the 2018 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship defeating Kennesaw State, 87-68. The last time Jacksonville won an ASUN Championship game was back in 2010 against North Florida.
Jace Hogan led the Dolphins with a monster career-high 39 points, eight rebounds and two assists. His 39 points are the most scored by a Dolphin in an ASUN Championship contest. The game started off slow as the Owls and the Dolphins were neck and neck for the first half, but Jacksonville took a 40-32 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Jacksonville went off as freshman Jalyn Hinton knocked down 19 points. Devin Harris was one assist shy of a back-to-back triple-doubles as he scored 11 points, grabbed 11 boards and had nine assists. Another Dolphin to reach double figures was Cody Helgeland with 10 points and four rebounds.
Kennesaw State's James Scott recorded 26 points, three assists and two rebounds to lead the Owls offensively. ASUN All-Conference Second Teams selection, Nick Masterson added 14 points in the Owls' effort, but came up short against Jacksonville on defense. Jacksonville moves on to the ASUN Championship Semifinals and plays No. 2 Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 PM CT.
No. 3 Jacksonville vs. No. 6 Kennesaw State Quarterfinal Notes
- Kennesaw State is now 2-6 in the ASUN Championship, after making it to the semifinals last year.
- Owls' Nick Masterson scored 14 points, while grabbing two rebounds, two assists and one steal. He finishes his career with 1,119 points; 137th in league history.
- Jacksonville carries on the No. 3 versus No. 6 seed winning record, as No. 3 seeds are now 25-13 in the ASUN Championship.
- The Dolphins are now 6-18 all-time in the ASUN Championship and their win against the Owls becomes the first home victory for JU in the ASUN Championship.
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