Placer Career High Paces Ospreys in Home Victory Over Austin Peay


 North Florida 91, Austin Peay 84
Records: North Florida (3-9) | Austin Peay (4-4)
Location: UNF Arena (Jacksonville, Fla.)
The Short Story: Jose Placer drilled seven three-pointers en route to a career high 35-point effort and led the North Florida men’s basketball squad on Saturday afternoon to a 91-84 victory over Austin Peay at UNF Arena. 


Jose Placer came out shooting hot from the start scoring 25 of his career best 35 in the first half and finishing the game going 7 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc | He also shared the team lead with five rebounds

Jarius Hicklen reached double digits for the second straight game, scoring 14 points including four treys

Jadyn Parker also finished in double figures, tallying 10 points on a perfect shooting night (4 for 4 from field / 2 for 2 FTs) and also swatted four shots

Emmanuel Adedoyin led the squad with 5 assists with Dorian James sharing team rebounding honors with five boards

– Former UNF player Cameron Copeland netted 25 points to pace the Govs, who also got a 20-point effort from Elijah Hutchins-Everett

– North Florida shot 58.7% from the floor for the game including 15 of 29 (51.7%) from the three-point line | Ospreys went 22 of 25 (88%) from the FT line

– Austin Peay held a slim 29-24 rebounding advantage

– Both squads held double-digit advantages during the game


– North Florida got off to a fast start, scoring the first five points on their way to the early 8-4 lead | Placer connected on a pair of threes in the opening flurry

– Austin Peay answered with an 8-0 run to earn their first lead of the game and would extend it to a 10-point margin (27-17) with 10 minutes left in the first period

Jarius Hicklen drained a three-pointer to halt the Govs run and spark UNF on a 13-2 surge to regain the lead, 30-29 | Placer and Chaz Lanier both had treys during the run along with inside buckets by Jadyn Parker and Jonathan Aybar

– The squads would trade baskets and the lead over the next several minutes until the Ospreys closed the half on a 9-4 run capped by a driving layup from Placer with just seconds left that gave UNF a 45-40 lead at intermission

– The game stayed a one-possession contest for the first five minutes of the second half with both teams finding a flow on the offensive end

– Ospreys would grab some momentum with a 12-4 run that put them in front 61-52 midway through the stanza | Five different players contributed points during the surge

– The Governors refused to quit and chipped away at the deficit, pulling to within two (63-61) with 8 minutes remaining

– Placer made a floater to snap a scoring drought and then Hicklen hit back-to-back treys in a span of 20 seconds to push the lead to 10 and draw a timeout from APSU

– Austin Peay closed the gap to three before watching the Ospreys build the margin back to nine (87-78) with just over a minute to play

– Copeland would make two straight threes to again get the Govs within three points but Placer and Lanier both made a pair of free throws to ice the victory


– North Florida’s bench outscored Austin Peay, 32-9

– Ospreys remained undefeated at home (3-0) with the victory

– Streak continued in the series with home team always earning the win (2-2 all-time series record)

– All nine players that got on the floor for UNF scored in the game

– UNF made double-digit three-pointers for the fifth time this year and shot a season best 52% from long range

– Victory marked the 195th for Head Coach Matthew Driscoll at UNF, moving him into a tie for 3rd all-time for wins by a coach in the ASUN


Following a week break from competition for fall semester exams, North Florida returns to the floor at UNF Arena next Saturday (Dec. 18) for a match-up with Trinity Baptist.


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