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MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (2-4), for the first time this season, overcame a double-digit, second half deficit to knock off Chattanooga (2-4) in its third game in as many days to earn a share of the Goldie and Herman Ungar Classic title, 74-66.
The Dolphins trailed by as many as 10 points with 14:38 to play in the game after surrendering a ferocious run by the Mocs to start the second frame. JD Notae and company would not relent, responding with an efficient attack to steal back the lead and ultimately the game with a big run of its own midway through the second the half.
Notae carried the effort with 20 points off the bench, 18 of which came in the second half alone as he posted an 8-15 mark, bolstered by 2-5 from deep and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Replacing Notae in the starting lineup for the second-straight game was Jalyn Hinton who continued to own the role, scoring 13 points, 12 in the second half to go with five boards, a pair of assists, a block and two steals in just 22 minutes. DeAnthony McCallum hopped off the bench and tallied 10 points for his first double digit output for the Dolphins.
Both sides were hot from the floor all night long. Jacksonville shot 45.9 percent for the game and 35.7 percent from long range while holding Chattanooga to 42.6 percent shooting. The defense managed to force 14 turnovers however and converted 13 of 20 tries from the free throw line to help build the difference in this one.
The pace was slow to start as both sides struggled to find a rhythm on offense but that came with time. Jacksonville battled foul trouble in the first half, forcing head coach Tony Jasick to get creative with his rotation but that group produced in a big way. Bryce Workman scored five points and pulled down four boards while Tanner Rubio dropped in four points and handed out four helpers to stem the tide.
The second half got off to a shaky start with Chattanooga making its run, but JU responded down the stretch to run away with the victory in this one. Trailing by seven with 10:46 to go, the Dolphins rolled out a 12-4 run that reversed the tally and put the Mocs at an arms-length the rest of the night.
Jacksonville now turns its attention to Florida Memorial at home on Wednesday night (Nov. 21). It'll be the first chance JU gets to play in front of its hometown crowd since the season opener, 12 days ago. The team has since played five games over an eight-day span but will play two of its next three at Swisher Gymnasium.
Jacksonville Erases Second Half Deficit to Knock Off Chattanooga, 74-66
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