Jacksonville Surges to 30-26 Halftime Lead Over Bears
Christian Kirk
Christian Kirk

Nov. 19, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jacksonville caught fire from the field midway through the opening half of Monday night's Hoops For Hope Classic match-up with Missouri State at JQH Arena, turning the tide in a back-and-forth contest en route to a 30-26 halftime lead over the Bears. The Dolphins used a 13-4 scoring run to take control of the game and shot .458 (11-of-24) from the floor in the half.

Anthony Downing led all scorers with eight points behind 2-of-6 shooting from three-point range, while Christian Kirk added six points for the Bears, who saw eight different players crack the scoring column in the opening half.

The Bears took an early 5-2 lead behind a Kirk jumper and a Downing 3-pointer, but the Dolphins responded behind the play of Keith McDougald, who accounted for five of their first seven points, including a trey at the 17:43 mark to give his club its first lead of the night.

Neither team led by more than three points until seven unanswered Jacksonville points midway through the half handed the visitors a five-point advantage. With the Bears holding an 11-9 lead, Kordario Fleming's lay-up at the 13:23 mark started what would ultimately turn into an 13-4 spurt for JU. Marcellous Bell's three and a McDougald jumper with 10:41 left on the clock started a stretch that saw the Dolphins hit on five of six tries from the floor to make it a 16-11 game. Glenn Powell's buck with just over eight minutes to play capped the run and gave JU its biggest margin of the half at 22-15.

MSU fought back with five straight points from Downing in just over one minute to pull back to within two points, but JU would open its lead back up to five in the closing minutes of the half before settling for a 30-26 edge at the break.

McDougald nearly equaled his season scoring average of nine points by totaling a team-high seven points in the opening stanza.



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