Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JACKSONVILLE 72, NORTH FLORIDA 50; Dolphins Squash Ospreys JU Shoots 34 More Free Throws Than UNF and Takes the Lead in A-Sun Standings

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JACKSONVILLE 72, NORTH FLORIDA 50; Dolphins Squash Ospreys JU Shoots 34 More Free Throws Than UNF and Takes the Lead in A-Sun Standings

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

One look at the box score under free throws said it all: Jacksonville University 34 of 42, North Florida 3 of 8.

That 31-point difference was more than enough to carry the Dolphins to a 72-50 win Thursday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings.

With Belmont losing to Lipscomb and East Tennessee State idle, Jacksonville (14-10, 12-3 in the league) now finds itself a half-game better than ETSU and 1 1/2 games ahead of Belmont with five league games remaining.

Chalk up the one-sided free-throw advantage to an aggressive style of play from the Dolphins, one that produced a 39-20 rebounding edge.

"We put an emphasis on going to the glass the last couple of days in practice," JU coach Cliff Warren said. "To me, that's an effort play. That's a hustle stat. Diving on the floor for loose balls, Ayron Hardy did it early in the game, and that set the tone.

"We wanted to establish a post presence by throwing the ball into the post or driving into the paint. We wanted to go inside-out, and that led to a number of trips to the foul line."

JU sank 24 free throws before UNF made its first one, that coming at the 3:56 mark of the second half, when Cortez Riley sank a pair. Nine seconds later, Stan Januska completed a three-point play to finish the Ospreys' scoring at the line for the game.

"They were the aggressors all night," UNF coach Matt Kilcullen said of the Dolphins. "They attacked the basket, either getting it into post feeds or driving to the basket. They did a great job of getting to the basket and then getting on the free-throw line.

"There's no magic wand as to why they went to the free-throw line 20 times in the first half. They were aggressive, and we didn't do a good job rotating over and playing man-to-man defense. …

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