The basketball game at Templeton Center lacked a happy ending on Tuesday night.
Jacksonville used the power of an 11-2 run over the final 2:31 to pick up a 94-88 win over Presbyterian. As a result, the Dolphins outscored the Blue Hose 50-39 in the second half after trailing 49-44 at half.
Davon Bell led the Blue Hose with 20 points, going 8-of-12 from the floor with a team-high nine assists.
Jacksonville took an early 9-6 lead in the opening four minutes before PC responded with a 8-2 run to take a 14-11 lead with 14:09 to go in the first half. The Blue Hose and Dolphins continued to stay tight over the next several minutes as the two teams tied four times with the last coming after a Davon Bell layup made it 27-27 with 7:52 remaining in the opening half.
The Blue Hose continued to put the pressure on the Dolphins as they kept taking slim leads only to have JU respond as the Dolphins cut it to 38-36. Before a quick 5-2 burst from PC pushed it back out to 43-38, Jacksonville cut the lead back down to one before a Francois Lewis three to go along with a layup helped give the Blue Hose the lead at the half.
The Blue Hose came out quickly in the second half as they extended the lead to nine, 63-54 with 15:55 to go in the half following a Bell layup. Jacksonville then went on the offensive with a 12-4 run over the next two minutes to make it 67-66. Both teams stayed within a possession of each other over the next few minutes as Jacksonville cut it to one, 76-75, with 8:35 to go in the half. PC went on the offensive once again as they went on a 6-0 run but Jacksonville answered and cut it back to two, 82-80. Following a PC layup, the Dolphins scored five unanswered points to take an 85-84 lead with 2:43 to go.
After a pair of Bell free throws gave the Blue Hose a one-point lead with 2:31 to go, the Dolphins closed the game with the 11-2 run.
Francois Lewisscored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with Corey Hightower chipping in with 17 points. Hightower paced the team with seven rebounds and Bell added a team-high nine assists.
Jace Hogan paced the Dolphins with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Four others scored in double figures: J.D. Notae with 17, Jalyn Hinton 16, Tyreese Davis 15 and DeAnthony McCallum 11.
PC slips to 4-5 overall, while Jacksonville moves to 5-5.
The Blue Hose are off for the next eight days for final exams before returning to the court on Dec. 12 for a 7:30 tilt with VMI at Templeton Center. It will follow a 5 p.m. women’s game against Georgia Southern.