Fast start, hot finish paces Rattlers past JU in 65-50 season-opening victory

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 6, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida A&M University opened their 2018/19 basketball campaign with a victory, defeating Jacksonville University, 65-50.

The Rattlers raced out to a 15-4 lead in the opening eight minutes, thanks in part to a 6-0 run from M.J. Randolph in less than a minute close to the midway point in the first half.

FAMU ended the half just as hot as they began it, finishing on a 10-1 run to take a 35-14 lead into the halftime break.

JU opened the back half on a 6-2 run to try and get some momentum, but FAMU quickly responded, going on a 12-2 run to pace themselves in a 15-point victory.

Tracy Hector led all FAMU scorers with 11 points while Randolph and Kamron Reaves netted 10 as the Rattlers shot 49.1 percent from the floor. FAMU also shot 46.2 percent from three-point range.

The Rattlers kept JU in check defensively, forcing the Dolphins to shoot 28.8 percent from the floor, and they made just one three pointer in 17 attempts.

FAMU won the rebounding battle, 36-32.

The Rattlers play their first home game of the regular season this Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host Tuskegee.

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