It was 10 minutes and 20 seconds of almost perfect basketball.
Jacksonville University beat Johnson University 29-0 for part of the second half and won 85-34 Friday in the Dolphins’ home opener in front of 742 fans at Swisher Gym.
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JU (1-1) won their 16th consecutive home game, tying for the longest streak of 11 in the country. Junior forward Mike Marsh led the Dolphins with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Bishop Snyder graduate sophomore guard Gyasi Powell had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Ten players scored and six had nine or more points. JU shot .565 from the floor four days after hitting just .379 in a 71-44 loss to Duke.
The Dolphins spent most of the first half trying to put a comfortable distance on the Suns (0-2), which are located in Kissimmee and are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
JU led 37-24 at halftime and Johnson trailed by just seven points and had the chance to cut it to four before the Dolphins scored the final six points of the half.
Coach Jordan Mincy said defensive intensity was the problem and he laid down that glove at halftime.
“I was proud of their performance,” he said. “Maybe not in the first half, but in the second half we looked like Dolphins basketball. Those guys were getting some shots, wide open looks. I challenged our guys. Where was our responsibility defensively? We came back to ourselves and figured out who we are. Just play in character. A group of veterans showed that in the second half.”
JU’s extended run started with a Jordan Davis layup on a slick feed from Kevion Nolan and the Dolphins quickly picked up the pace.
Seven players scored during the run, led by Davis with seven and Nolan with two 3-pointers. JU made 12 of 16 shots on the run, including their first six in a row, and the Suns missed all 13 attempts and had four turnovers.
The Dolphins had seven interceptions, four blocked shots and held Johnson to 4 of 33 shooting in the second half, and just 10 points.
“It was about intensity and urgency,” Marsh said of the race. “We just had to find it. Johnson is a pretty good team, a fast paced team and we had to match their energy. We shared the ball, played together as a team and stuck together when things weren’t going our way. . ”
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