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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — J.R. Holder had 17 points and eight rebounds, Darien Fernandez added 15 points, five assists and four steals and Jacksonville beat NAIA Thomas University 93-64 on Wednesday night.

Devin Harris had 13 points and eight rebounds and Cody Helgeland scored 14, including four 3-pointers.

A conventional 3-point play by Holder and then a 3 by Darius Dawkins capped an 11-1 run that gave the Dolphins (10-5) a 39-27 lead with 3:50 left in the half. Jacksonville scored 12 of the first 14 second-half points, including 3-pointers by Fernandez and Helgeland, to make it 54-35 with 15 minutes to play and led by double figures the rest of the way.

Jordan Martin, a freshman walk-on who played his first collegiate minutes, hit a 3 to give Jacksonville its biggest lead, 91-61, with 45 seconds remaining.

Katrell Myers led Thomas with 18 points.

Jacksonville shot 55.4 percent (31 of 56) from the field, including 54.5 percent (12 of 22) from 3-point range — both season highs.

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