Jacksonville rallies to beat S.C.-Upstate 65-52

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—Ben Smith had 15 points and seven assists and Jacksonville rallied to defeat South Carolina-Upstate 65-52 on Saturday for the Dolphins’ seventh straight win.

The Spartans (3-16, 3-7 Atlantic Sun Conference), who snapped Jacksonville’s nine-game winning streak last year, went into halftime ahead 29-22 by shooting 58.5 percent from the field (10-for-17).

The Dolphins (10-8, 7-3), coming off their worst shooting performance of the season against North Florida at 27.4 percent (17-for-62), shot only 24.1 percent (7-for-29) in the first half.

Jacksonville improved to 51.9 percent (14-for-27) in the second half, outscoring the Spartans 43-23. Jacksonville held S.C.-Upstate to two points in the first 7:10 while pulling ahead 38-31.

After the Spartans closed to 40-37, Jacksonville responded with seven straight points.

Pat Posey led S.C.-Upstate with 15 points.

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 S.Car. Upstate
Pat Posey Pat Posey
5-6,  15 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists
Ben Smith Ben Smith
4-12,  15 Pts
2 Rebs, 7 Assists

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