SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Ayron Hardy scored 15 points and Jacksonville defeated South Carolina-Upstate 79-69 on Sunday.
Hardy was 5-of-8 shooting for the Dolphins (17-8, 11-5 Atlantic Sun Conference), who made 52.8 percent from the field (28 of 53).
Jacksonville was also 73.1 percent from the free-throw line (19 of 26) and scored 19 points off 13 turnovers.
The Dolphins scored the first six points of the game, jumped out to a 13-2 lead on Aloys Cabell's jumper with 12:53 left and led 33-23 at halftime.
The Spartans (4-22, 3-13) shot 7 of 24 from the field in the first half.
Jacksonville pushed its lead to as many as 17, 39-22, on Travis Cohn's layup with 17:43 left in the game.
Delwan Graham added 14 points, Cohn finished with 13 and Cabell had 12 for Jacksonville.
Ricardo Glenn scored 16 points for USC Upstate and Torrey Craig added 14.