JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sixty five fouls and 86 free throws between Jacksonville University (13-8, 1-3 ASUN) and Lipscomb University (11-10, 3-1 ASUN) contributed to a chippy, halting game at Historic Swisher Gym on Thursday. The Bisons defeated the Dolphins 112-95.
"We did not start the game with the effort or the energy that we needed on the defensive end. Lipscomb is a very good offensive team and we allowed them to get into rhythm and were never able to get enough stops in the defensive end to make up enough ground," said Head Coach Tony Jasick.
The Dolphins opened the second half with a 15-8 run thanks to 13 points from Darien Fernandez, part of his 28 second-half points. Jacksonville kept chipping away at the lead, getting it down to just seven points, 71-64, with 14 minutes left. But more foul trouble and deadly shooting from Lipscomb's Garrison Mathews kept the Dolphins at arm's reach; four Dolphins fouled out and three others each earned four fouls. The final from Swisher: Lipscomb 112, Jacksonville 95
The game was very close early; Jacksonville and Lipscomb traded the lead three times in the first four minutes, and with 14:23 to go, the Bisons led by three, 14-11. But Lipscomb's offense caught fire over the next five minutes, taking advantage of seven attempts at the line to go on a 19-5 run. JU responded with a 12-7 run, but JU couldn't get the lead under 10 in a first half that featured 38 free throws and 31 fouls combined between the two teams.
- Fernandez's 36 points are a new career best. His previous best of 31 also came against Lipscomb last season in the first round of the ASUN Conference playoffs.