Men’s basketball falls to Lipscomb, 82-68
Junior Russell Powell scores 18 on Monday in the loss
Junior Russell Powell scores 18 on Monday in the loss
A strong second half couldn’t quite get the JU men’s basketball team over the hump in 82-68 loss at Lipscomb on Monday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action in Allen Arena.

The Dolphins (4-18, 2-9 A-Sun) shot 43.2 percent (16-37) from the floor in the second half to pull within two possessions before two Jordan Burgason three-pointers helped secure the Bisons (11-12, 6-5) win. Malcolm Smith led the Bisons with 21 points, while Burgason finished with 16 points.

Junior Russell Powell led the Dolphins with 18 points on 8 of 14 attempts from the floor and two three-pointers. Sophomore Aloys Cabell tallied 15 points with the help of three makes beyond the arc.

“We played hard in the second half,” JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We did a great job of working our way back, but let it get away from us. Our goal is to keep battling and improving because eventually things will turn our way.”

A strong start to the second half helped the Dolphins cut the deficit to 52-43 on a Cabell free throw (13:19). Lipscomb kept the lead at 11 for the next few minutes until three-pointers by Cabell and Powell pulled the Dolphins to 56-51 with less than 10 minutes left. A Burgason three-pointer helped push the Lipscomb back to 71-59 (5:00), but a Powell layup a minute later got it to a 71-61 JU deficit. The Dolphins matched baskets with Lipscomb one more trip until Bisons free throws quashed the JU comeback.

Jacob Arnett added 15 points for Lipscomb, who finished the contest 21 of 29 (72.4) at the free-throw line. The Dolphins made 8 of 19 attempts at the charity stripe.

In the first half, each team hit a three-pointer on its first possession. Lipscomb used the momentum to create a 22-4 run, capped on Justin Glenn dunk, for a 25-7 lead (9:55). Junior Glenn Powell answered with a layup and free throw for JU to break up the Bisons’ run. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 30-20 on two jumpers from Russell Powell, but the Bisons doubled the advantage on a Marvin Williams layup at 2:34. The Dolphins ended the half on a 7-2 stretch in the final two minutes to take a 42-27 deficit into the locker room.

Glenn Powell and senior Tevin Galvin each had 10 points for the Dolphins. Senior Delwan Graham had seven points and seven boards off the bench.

The Dolphins are back in action on Saturday at home as they host Florida Gulf Coast in the Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is slated for 3:15 p.m.