UNF Stuns Jacksonville in Atlantic Sun Tournament
MACON, Ga. — The sixth-seeded University of North Florida Ospreys (14-18) stunned Jacksonville University, 68-64, on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament at the University Center in Macon, Georgia.
It was only the second time in the school's history that UNF had defeated their cross-town rival.
Led by sophomore Jerron Granberry's 23 points, the unheralded Ospreys — one of the youngest teams in the country — battled from a 10-point deficit with 11:17 remaining in the second half to topple the Dolphins and earn the right to play East Tennessee State Friday night at 9 PM.
ETSU, which narrowly edged an upset-minded Campbell squad in yesterday's quarterfinals, won both games against UNF during the regular season.
A 6'4" native of Miami, Granberry hit a sizzling 7 of 8 from the floor against the third-seeded Dolphins — including 1 of 2 beyond the arc — and connected on 8 of 9 from the charity stripe to propel the young Ospreys to the upset victory.
Andres Diaz, a 6’7” sophomore, chipped in 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jacksonville, which narrowly defeated UNF twice during the regular season — barely escaping with a 63-62 overtime win at the UNF Arena in late January and winning a 71-69 nail-biter at Veterans Memorial Arena two weeks later — dropped to 19-11 on the season.
While the fledgling Ospreys, feisty fish hawks who truly lived up to their nickname on Thursday afternoon, dream of dancing, JU's post-season hopes now hinge on an invitation from either the NIT or the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).