NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jacksonville University men's basketball could not overcome a missing starter or a hot shooting Lipscomb team Thursday night at Allen Arena, falling 82-59.
"We did not play very well at all, especially in the toughness categories," said Head Coach Tony Jasick.
The game started with both teams trading buckets and was tied at 12 at the first media timeout. Lipscomb had a narrow 17-14 lead with 12:23 left when Jace Hogan picked up his second foul, and when he went to the bench, Lipscomb took advantage of a scoring drought for the Dolphins that lasted for the next 7:29. LU's 15-0 run during that stretch built the lead out to 29-14 with 7:32 left.
Jacksonville came out of the timeout with a new lineup featuring three young guys, Lee Richmond, Corey Romich and Derrick Flowers, in the lineup. They helped kickstart the JU defense, which then allowed the offense to get in a rhythm again, hitting four of its last five field goals to end the half trailing by 10, 42-32.
Lipscomb started the second half on a 21-2 run that built the lead out to 63-24. From there, Jacksonville battled the rest of the way, with reserves getting much of the run late as the Dolphins chipped away at the lead.
"Lipscomb is good, and we made them look really good at times tonight, which a lot of falls on us," said Jasick.
JU continues on the road, wrapping up the away portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday vs. Kennesaw State at the KSU Convocation Center at 4:30 p.m.
- JD Notae led the Dolphins in scoring with 13 points, the 13th time the freshman has posted a team high. Tanner Rubio chipped in 12, his second consecutive game in double-figures.
- Jacksonville scored 34 points in the paint, the sixth time the Dolphins have scored at least half of its points in the paint in a game in conference play.
- JU is now 6-4 in the ASUN Conference with four games to play, and tied for second with Lipscomb
"Good news, bad news. Good news is we play again on Saturday, but we have to get better if we want to avoid this result again."
- Head Coach Tony Jasick