Men’s basketball wins tight home opener

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With just under four minutes left in the second half the UNF Ospreys (1-1) were looking to gain a lead they lost with 15 minutes left in the half. Down 51-50 to Savannah State (0-2), Jerron Granberry drove hard into the paint and earned two free throws.Granberry was clutch as he hit the free throws and gave the Ospreys a one point lead, one they would hold for the rest of the game. After the free throws the team’s defense held as they were able to come away with a 61-57 win.

“Obviously results are what’s important at the end of the day,” said head coach Matthew Driscoll. “No matter how ugly the game looks or whatever happens it’s about winning”

Statistically speaking some of the game was ugly for UNF. The team was out-rebounded 38-27 and it missed five out of its last 12 free throws in the last eight minutes of the game.

“Our first shot defense is so good that we’ve got to get better at that rebounding aspect of it,” said Driscoll. “We’ve got to look at the film and see what happened…see why they got those rebounds.”

Andy Diaz led the Ospreys with 16 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

“The whole team going into halftime knew it was playing as well we wanted to,” said Diaz. “We just wanted to come out a lot more aggressively.”

Jimmy Williams was right behind Diaz with 12 points. Three of Williams’ points came on a momentum swinging half court shot as time expired in the first half.

After Savannah State hit a three pointer to take a 21-18 lead Williams took the ball up the left side of the court and launched the shot. The ball found the bottom of the net and led both teams into a 21-21 tie into the second.

Towards the end of the game Granberry went down with an ankle injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known.