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UNA Lions get third straight win in ASUN play; defeat Jacksonville, 80-62

Led by KJ Johnson's 20 points, the North Alabama Lions defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 80-62 on Thursday night.

FLORENCE, Ala. — North Alabama rallied from an early 12-point deficit to rout Jacksonville 80-62 at CB&S Bank Arena for the Lions third straight ASUN Conference win. 

The Lions took their first lead of the game with 17:13 left in the second half at 39-37 on two free throws from K.J. Johnson. UNA then added back-to-back baskets to push its lead to six. The lead continued to build to 19 points before the Lions settled for the 18-point win. 

K.J. Johnson paced four Lions in double-figures with 20 points. Jacari Lane added 15, Daniel Ortiz 14 and Dallas Howell 12. 

Jacksonville got off to a fast start and held an 8-0 advantage over the Lions before UNA could get on the board. The Dolphins pushed their advantage to 12 points at 18-6 before the Lions began to rally. 

North Alabama fought back to trail just 33-32 at the half. 

UNA continued to roll, pushing its lead to 16 points at 60-44 on a basket by Detalian Brown. 

Howell led the Lions with nine rebounds to help push UNA to a 29-25 rebounding advantage over the Dolphins. 

North Alabama shot 51.9 percent from the floor and hit eight three-point baskets. 

With their third straight win, the Lions pushed their overall record to 12-10 and their ASUN record to 4-5. Jacksonville falls to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in the ASUN. 

North Alabama hosts North Florida on Saturday at CB&S Bank Arena at 5:00 p.m.



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