Jacksonville Comes Up Short In A 77-73 Loss At Lipscomb
Jarvis Haywood
Jarvis Haywood
Career high 26 points from Jarvis Haywood not enough as Dolphins drop their fourth straight away from home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Jacksonville men’s basketball team was unable to turn things around on the road on Thursday as the Dolphins came up short in a 77-73 loss at host Lipscomb in Allen Arena.

Freshman Jarvis Haywood (Charlotte, N.C.) continued his late season surge totaling a career high 26 points on 9-12 shooting. Haywood becomes the first JU freshmen since Ben Smith in 2007 to score over 20 points in a game.

“He did a good job of attacking the basket especially in transition,” said JU Head Coach Cliff Warren of Haywood who also had seven rebounds and three assists.

After a 15-3 run by JU (14-16; 9-8 A-Sun) erased an early 11-point deficit, the game turned into a back-and-forth contest like so many others have been for the Dolphins this season.

Lipscomb (12-16; 7-10 A-Sun) built up another five point cushion at the start of the second half, but Haywood would keep the Dolphins in it. A three-pointer by junior guard Keith McDougald (Jacksonville, Fla.) followed by back-to-back baskets from the A-Sun Freshman of the Year candidate gave JU a 51-50 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining.

Two more free throws and another short jumper from Haywood eventually put JU ahead 55-52 at the 10:22 mark.  The Dolphins could not slow down Martin Smith (24 points) and Stephen Hurt (20 points) however as the Bison would go back up by seven in the final minutes.

“He (Hurt) did a good job of getting position and we didn’t do a good job of boxing out,” said Warren.

JU didn’t go down without a fight however. A lay-up and a thunderous dunk by senior Glenn Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) closed to gap to 71-69.  The Dolphins then got the defensive stopped they needed and had a chance to tie with one minute remaining, but Haywood had a pair of shots roll in and out before Lipscomb secured the rebound and sealed the game at the foul line.

“We have to do a better job of coming out and playing the way Jacksonville plays and not play like everyone else,” said Warren.

McDougald finished with 17 points and was 4-7 from three. Powell added 10 points and surpassed 900 for his career.  

Freshman Kordario Fleming (Memphis, Tenn.) had a team high nine rebounds for JU while adding eight points.

The Dolphins travel to Northern Kentucky on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. Catch all the action on 92.5 FM, your flagship station for JU athletics.  

• Jacksonville shot 53.8 percent in the second half
• JU had a 42-40 edge in rebounding
• Haywood’s previous best was 19 points two times. Ben Smith had 28 points at Mercer on Feb. 16, 2007