A 3-pointer by McDougald broke the game's 11th tie, giving the visiting Dolphins (10-10, 5-2) a 59-56 edge with 8 minutes left.
The Ospreys (8-12, 3-4) cut the lead to one point four times after that, getting to within 69-68 with 2:37 to play.
Glenn Powell, who scored 14 points for Jacksonville, responded with a jumper, and the Dolphins scored the game's final six points from the free-throw line.
Both teams shot well in the second half. Jacksonville made 60.9 percent (14 of 23) from the field and North Florida made 57.1 percent (16 of 28).
Parker Smith scored 19 points for the Ospreys, including 4 of 9 3-pointers. That matched his season average of 4.0 treys per game, tied for first in the nation.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.