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Ospreys Roll Past Rival; Dolphins Can't Keep Pace as UNF Extends Win Streak in Rivalry

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ospreys Roll Past Rival; Dolphins Can't Keep Pace as UNF Extends Win Streak in Rivalry

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

Dallas Moore started slow, surged at the end of the end of the first half and finished with a flurry to lead North Florida to an 80-64 win over Jacksonville Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams.

The 16-point win continued UNF's dominance against their crosstown rival. The Ospreys (6-12) won for the seventh consecutive time in the series, and by 15 or more points for the fourth time in the last five meetings.

Moore took only five shots in the first 12 minutes and made one basket as the Ospreys struggled to find him open. But he hit his last three shots of the half, and then added 15 points over the final 20 minutes to finish with a game-high 24.

It was the second consecutive game that Moore started sluggishly but closed fast to finish with 20-plus points.

"I've got to start being more aggressive from the beginning of the game," the senior guard said. "I thought early on I let them dictate me. Coach told me to be aggressive and to be me. I've got to start doing that a lot more."

Earlier in the week, Moore became the eighth player in Atlantic Sun Conference history to score 2,000 points in his career. He's on pace to finish as the A-Sun's second-leading all-time scorer.

Once Moore heated up in the second half, the only question was the final margin of victory. UNF expanded it 15-point halftime lead to 20 early in the second half, and took its largest lead of 23 points with just under six minutes to play when Wajid Aminu slammed home a rebound.

JU coach Tony Jasick lamented his team's play and gave credit to UNF.

"Obviously I'm extremely disappointed with tonight," Jasick said. "I thought North Florida did a really good job in capitalizing on a lot of our inadequacies. Give them a lot of credit for tonight's game. We really didn't play with the efficiency or energy against their zone that we wanted to. …

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