Men's basketball falls to Lipscomb, 73-61

Nov. 30, 2006

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The young Jacksonville men's basketball team opened its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule on Thursday night, jumping into the deep end against defending champion Lipscomb.

The Dolphins went toe-to-toe with the defending champs but feel to Lipscomb, as some hot-shooting by Brian Fisk doomed JU leading the Bisons to a 73-61 win.

Fisk hit three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 27 points, 16 in the second half, to lead the Bisons (5-2, 1-0 A-Sun). Trey Williams had 16 points in the first half on his way to 18 for the Bisons.

"We're close, but we've just got to get over the hump," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We're a young team, but we've got to find a way to do the little things that will get us over that hump."

The Dolphins (3-4, 0-1 A-Sun) will look back at their free throw shooting, as JU hit just 11-of-24 from the stripe. Jacksonville got 15 points from Lehmon Colbert and 11 from Marcus Allen. Jesse Kimbrough had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds while Ben Smith had eight points and eight assists.

Trailing by seven at the half, 40-33, the Dolphins battled back in the second half. JU tied the game at 49 with 13:25 left on a driving layup by Corey Claitt.

Lipscomb came back to take the lead and while clinging to a one-point lead, Kimbrough went to the free throw line for a 1-and-1 with a chance to tie the game.

But Kimbrough missed the front end and the Bisons came back and got a pair of free throws from Eddie Ard to push the lead back to three.

The Dolphins were never able to get close again, as the Bisons held JU to just two points over the final 4:17 to seal the win.

Ard added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bisons.

The Dolphins return to the hardwood on Saturday at the defending A-Sun Tournament Champion Belmont. Tipoff is set for 2:15 p.m. (EST).