Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crosstown Rivalry No Contest as Ospreys Roll; UNF Dominant in Second Half; Smaller Dolphins Can't Keep Pace

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crosstown Rivalry No Contest as Ospreys Roll; UNF Dominant in Second Half; Smaller Dolphins Can't Keep Pace

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

Jacksonville coach Tony Jasick got his first taste of his school's basketball rivalry against North Florida on Saturday and it wasn't pleasant.

A strong first-half finish that carried over into the second half propelled the Ospreys to their biggest win ever over their crosstown rivals, 86-63, in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams at Veterans Memorial Arena.

While Jasick had a sick feeling over his team's second-half start, UNF counterpart Matthew Driscoll was feeling pretty good, citing a pair of surges that allowed the Ospreys to even their record at 9-9 in front of a crowd of 1,879.

"Two things I was really proud of," Driscoll proclaimed. "First, we ended the first half on a 10-2 run and started the second half on a 9-0 run. That was very important in swinging the momentum to us to start the second half.

"Second, in the second half I felt the game became a real, real battle inside the paint. I thought it became an extremely physical game and I was really proud of the way our guys responded to that."

UNF, with a decided height advantage, outscored JU 40-22 in the paint. The Ospreys' starting trio of Romelo Banks, Beau Beech, Chris Davenport, along with Demarcus Daniels off the bench, combined for 19 baskets in 30 attempts, most of which were lay-ups or dunks.

Jacksonville (6-12) was able to weather the onslaught in the first half and even with the Ospreys' strong finish, trailed only 35-31 at halftime. But when UNF scored the first nine points in just over two minutes to start the second half, the game started to get out of hand.

"I was really disappointed the way we came out of the locker room [for the second half]," Jasick said. "Even though we didn't play a clean first half, I felt we were still in a position to make a run and make a ball game of it. …

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