A record crowd watches as UNF beats JU

Scott Kunath

A record 5,068 flooded into UNF Arena to watch the Ospreys defeat Jacksonville University in the River City Rumble 86-82.

The win moves UNF (11-9, 5-2 A-Sun) into sole possession of third place, only half a game back of first, in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Travis Wallace had a dominant performance, scoring season highs of 27 points and 19 rebounds to lead UNF.

Wallace said it was special night that for his last River City Rumble he will be playing in the UNF Arena.

“Being here for four years,” Wallace said. “It’s amazing to see what it was and what it has become.”

Wallace’s teammate, Dallas Moore, scored 15 points and shot 7 for 14 from the field in his first River City Rumble at home.

Head coach Matthew Driscoll said it was nothing unusual for Moore to play the way he did in his opinion.

“He’s ballin’,” Driscoll said. “That’s just what he does.”

In a game where the ball was turned over only seven times, the difference came in the form of consistency.

JU’s Jarvis Haywood scored 20 points on 8 for 9 from the field and 4 for 4 from beyond the arc in the first half alone. He lead the Dolphins finishing with 29 points.

The atmosphere inside UNF Arena was electric the entire night. JU’s head coach, Cliff Warren, said it’s the reason they athletes come to this stage.

“I think that’s why all these kids come and play college basketball,” Warren said.

The Ospreys will have the day off tomorrow to enjoy the win before heading to Tennessee next week to face Eastern Tennessee State (9-9, 2-3 A-Sun).

Driscoll said it’s not even funny how much his team has improved since last week and made it clear that the team still has plenty to do.

“These guys have a bigger goal,” Driscoll said. “They have a bigger mission.”