Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Three-Point Shooting Deciding Factor in Dolphins’ Loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three-point shooting was key in Saturday’s game between Jacksonville University (17-13, 5-8 ASUN) and Lipscomb University (18-12, 10-3 ASUN). The Bisons made 15 threes to the Dolphins’ nine, and Lipscomb defeated JU 81-69 at Allen Arena.

“Give Lipscomb some credit. I thought our team was flat the whole day and we just couldn’t get over the hump and string together multiple quality possessions both offensively and defensively,” said Head Coach Tony Jasick. “We made it close in the second half, but casual, careless turnovers led to easy baskets on the other end. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to move forward and get ready for next week.”

JU cut the lead down to six in the early goings of the second half with a three from Darien Fernandez, but consecutive threes from Garrison Mathews stretched the Bison lead back out to double digits with 16:30 left. The Dolphins again chipped the lead down to six with 11:22 remaining thanks to eight straight from Marcel White, but JU could not get the lead any lower for the remainder of the game as Lipscomb used nine second-half threes to stretch the lead to as much as 18. The final from Nashville: Lipscomb 81, JU 69.

Lipscomb opened the second half with a 7-2 run, but JU quickly responded with a 7-4 run to put the game within two, 11-9, with 15:47 left in the half. The two teams traded baskets over the next four minutes, and with 11:18 left, Lipscomb led 17-15. Lipscomb then strung together a 9-0 run to stretch its lead to 11, 26-15, with 9:05 left. JU cut the lead down to as low as seven twice, but at the half the Bisons led the Dolphins by eight, 37-29.

JU NOTES:  With two free throws with 15 minutes left in the second half, J.R. Holder tied and then surpassed both Artis Gilmore and Marcus Allen for 15th all-time in JU’s scoring list. The senior from Atlanta, Ga., now has 1,326 in his career….With the loss, the Dolphins are now locked in to the sixth seed. They are the only team in the ASUN Conference with their seed locked in. The other seven seeds will be decided in the final games of the seasons on Feb. 23.

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