JU to host league leading Lipscomb on Thursday
With three straight wins providing momentum, the JU men’s basketball team embarks on a four-game homestand on Thursday, hosting Atlantic Sun Conference leading Lipscomb.

Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in the second half of a doubleheader with the JU women. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL with Barry Milligan and Artis Gilmore calling the action. Fans can also watch the game on ASun.TV.

Jacksonville (6-8, 3-3 A-Sun) has recovered from an 0-3 start in A-sun play with three straight wins by double digits, the latest being an 82-58 victory at Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. The four games at home will be a welcome respite for the Dolphins, who played 11 of their first 14 away from home.

“We are looking forward to playing our next four games at home after our road schedule,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Lipscomb is playing at a high level right now with a lot of confidence. We know what they are capable of doing to teams and we have to come out focused and ready to play.”

Coming back from a one-game suspension, Lehmon Colbert picked up two quick fouls in the first half against FGCU and was limited to just two points. He came back in the second half with a vengeance, scoring 17 points in the final 20 minutes to help JU seal the win.

Colbert’s play was part of one of the most complete team efforts of the season.

JU out rebounded the Eagles, with eight Dolphins recording at least three rebounds. Nine Dolphins scored at least three points in the game, with seven going for at least six points.

Jacksonville also had its first positive assist-to-turnover ratio of the season with 19 assists to just 15 turnovers. The Dolphins picked up 12 steals, converting those into 24 points, led by Ayron Hardy’s four swipes.

Topping it off was stellar shooting in the second half. JU hit 16-of-28 in the final half, the third straight game that the Dolphins have hit at least 50 percent of their shots in one half.

Lipscomb (8-7, 5-1 A-Sun) is coming off of a 64-53 win at home over Belmont in the A-Sun “Game of the Week.” The Bisons held Belmont to just 3-of-25 from behind the arc, and got a game-high 16 points and 14 rebounds from Josh Slater off the bench.