Femi Odukale leads second-half run by Pitt to spoil Jacksonville upset bid; Kevion Nolan goes for 22

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Pittsburgh Panthers guard Femi Odukale (2) dribbles the ball against Jacksonville Dolphins guard Tommy Bruner (1) during the second half at the Petersen Events Center on December 21, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Panthers guard Femi Odukale (2) dribbles the ball against Jacksonville Dolphins guard Tommy Bruner (1) during the second half at the Petersen Events Center on December 21, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville University had a chance on Tuesday at Pittsburgh.

But the Dolphins eventually lost because they had no answer for Panthers guard Femi Odukale.

Odukale, a 6-foot-5 sophomore whose previous season high was 19 points, scored 12 points during a 22-3 second-half run, and finished with 28 as the Panthers topped JU 64-55 at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh.

Box: Pitt 64, JU 55

JU (7-4) 26-24 at halftime and with junior guard Kevion Nolan hitting two 3-pointers early in the second half, the Dolphins took a 32-28 lead.

However, Odukale began hitting from the outside an 6-9 forward Mouhamadou Gueye dominated inside as the Panthers (5-7) raced ahead and eventually built a 50-35 lead.

Nolan finished with 22 points and hit 6 of 11 3-pointers. But no other player scored more than seven for the Dolphins and Gueye complemented Odukale with 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.

Jacksonville did accomplished one thing: it kept alive its streak of holding opponents to less than 70 points per game. JU entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense.

The Dolphins are off until Dec. 29 when they play host to Carver at Swisher Gym, at 4 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Femi Odukale leads second-half run by Pitt to spoil Jacksonville upset bid; Kevion Nolan goes for 22

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