Men’s basketball falls to Lipscomb, 79-61
The JU men’s basketball team just couldn’t find the right shooting rhythm as they fell to Lipscomb, 79-61, in Atlantic Sun action on Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

Josh Slater and Adnan Hodzic each recorded 21 points to lead the Bisons (13-11, 10-5 A-Sun) in the win. Slater was also 13-for-17 from the charity stripe to help break the 1,000-point plateau for his career, while Hodzic recorded a game-best 11 rebounds.

The Bisons finished shooting 46 percent (24-65) from the floor and 63.3 percent (19-30) at the free throw line. They also hurt the Dolphins (13-10, 9-5) on the inside with 48 paint points and won the rebounding battle, 43-34

“We didn’t defend very well,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “They did a good job of rebounding and getting to the free throw line. We have to play better than we did today if we want to be successful down the stretch.”

Senior guard Ben Smith led the Dolphins in scoring with 12 points, while also adding a game-best four assists. Senior forward Lehmon Colbert had a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. He also recorded three assists.

In the first half, sophomore forward Will Alston had two straight jumpers to help JU take a 19-16 lead at 9:49. The Bisons followed with two buckets by Hodzic to spark a 10-2 run to take a 26-21 advantage. Smith added two free throws to break up the run, but Slater added four of his 12 first half points in a 9-0 stretch to put the Bisons up 35-23 with less than four minutes remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Chris Edwards and Colbert each hit three pointers in the final two minutes to cut JU’s deficit to 39-33 at half.

Jacob Arnett rounded out the Lipscomb players in double-digits with 13 points, while also recording three assists and three steals.

The Dolphins pulled within four, 41-37, in the second half on dunk by junior guard Travis Cohn (19:09). Alston would get it to six on a layup at 15:00 before the Bisons pushed it to 55-43 on a Hodzic free throw. A Cohn jumper cut the Dolphins cut to 59-49 with less than 11 minutes remaining, but the Bisons put the game out of reach with a 13-3 run to secure the win.

Alston and Cohn each finished with eight points for the Dolphins. Alston also recorded five rebounds and three blocks off the bench.

The Dolphins return home to host FGCU on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.