JACKSONVILLE, FLA., NOV. 30 -- Reggie Law put in a short shot as time expired tonight to lift Jacksonville to a 84-82 come-from-behind victory over Navy in the opening round of the 40th annual Gator Bowl Tournament before 3,638 at Jacksonville Coliseum.
Navy (1-2) will play Cleveland State in Saturday's consolation game at 6 p.m. Jacksonville (2-1) will play Colorado State in the championship at 8.
Navy led at halftime by 51-37, but Jacksonville came back and took the lead, 75-73, with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. The Dolphins held an 82-79 lead when Navy's Erik Harris hit a three-point shot to tie the game with four seconds to go.
Jacksonville then inbounded the ball and called a time out with two seconds left. The Dolphins again inbounded, this time from midcourt, and Tabarris Hamilton launched a desperation shot from about 40 feet. The shot was short of the basket, but Law grabbed the ball in the lane and gently put it in for the winning points.
Law finished with a game-high 33 points.
Navy was led by Harris's 20 points and Sam Cook's 19 points and eight rebounds.