Jacksonville Sports Day

Season High 16 Treys Sends Ospreys to ASUN Championship Game

Photos by ASUNPhotos.com and Mike Strasinger.

The No. 3-seed North Florida men’s basketball team connected on a season best 16 three-pointers including a 12-for-14 performance from beyond the arc in the first half en route to a 91-85 victory over No. 2 seed Lipscomb in Thursday’s ASUN Tournament semifinal game at Allen Arena. The Ospreys placed five players in double figures on the night.

“Tonight’s game was a complete team effort. We got big contributions from every guy that played in the game. At this time of the the year, it is all about survive and advance and I thought our guys were really focused for much of the game. This group has been extremely resilient all season long especially battling through a challenging non-conference schedule. The guys kept believing in how good a team we were and they went out and showed that they were one of the best teams in our league,” said UNF head coach Matthew Driscoll

Dallas Moore scored 10 of his team leading 18 points in the second half to pace a balanced Osprey offensive attack. With Lipscomb focused on limiting Moore, who came in averaging 37.5 ppg against the Bisons this season.

competes in 3000 meter run at the 2017 Vanderbilt Invitational Track Meet at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Three-pointers were raining to start the contest, as the game’s first six combined baskets were all from beyond the arc. The Ospreys were locked in from long distance as their first 10 FGM in the game were three-pointers. UNF did not make its first 2-pt field goal until a layup by Wajid Aminu with 3:34 on the clock in the first half.

After a fast start for UNF, Lipscomb used an 8-0 run to tie the score at 25-25, and then the two squads traded three-pointers on their next possessions. With the score even at 28 and 5:22 left in the period, North Florida closed the half on a 17-4 run including scoring the final 8 points as the Osprey defense held Lipscomb scoreless over the final 3:05.

UNF made 12 three-pointers in the first half, which was one shy of their season high for a game. UNF shot 85% from downtown (12-14) and 60% overall from the floor in building a 45-32 halftime lead.

The teams got into a back-and-forth scoring exchange earlier in the second half with UNF maintaining their double digit advantage. A 12-4 spurt by the Bisons cut the Osprey margin to 7 points (55-48) with 14:15 left to play

Aaron Horne drilled a three-pointer to open a 13-2 answer from the Ospreys that also included back-to-back driving shots from Moore and a pair of treys by Osborn Blount

competes in 3000 meter run at the 2017 Vanderbilt Invitational Track Meet at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

 Lipscomb responded with six straight points to slow down the UNF run but minutes later the Ospreys opened up their largest lead of the night (88-67) following a string of 10 consecutive points with 3:16 remaining. The Bisons refused to fade away though, scoring 11 straight points of their own to cut the UNF lead in half with just under a minute on the clock.

Lipscomb would close the game on a 18-3 surge but some late free throws by Blount allowed the Ospreys to keep in front for the victory.

” We have the chance to work on a few things to clean up the finish but it was great to get another huge road win. We are looking forward to Sunday’s game and the opportunities that it provides for us,” added Driscoll.

Garrett Sams made all four of his three-point attempts to finish with 13 points, while Aaron Bodager connected on a team best 5 treys finishing with 15 points. Wajid Aminu added 12 points and Aaron Horne chipped in 11 to round out the group of double-digit performers

Romelo Banks had a team high 9 rebounds and Chris Davenport matched Moore with 7 assists on the night. Garrison Mathews netted 29 points to lead all scorers and pace the Lipscomb attack. Rob Marberry recorded a double-double (19 pts/10 rebs) in the Bisons third loss of the season to UNF.

With the win, North Florida advances to the ASUN Championship game against FGCU in Fort Myers, on Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Ospreys will be making their third appearance in the ASUN Championship game and second in the last three year.MPS_5573

UNF NOTES: North Florida’s 16-of-24 (66.7%) performance from the three-point line marked a program Division I single game record…The 16 was one shy of the ASUN Tournament record for treys in a game…6 of 8 players that got on the floor for UNF made a three-pointer…UNF has now topped the 90-point mark in 5 of its last 7 games against Lipscomb. the win was the Ospreys 7th in the last 8 meetings with Lipscomb and the 6th of their last 7 visits to Allen Arena…both teams finished with 21 assists on the night…the Ospreys improved to 8-6 all-time in the ASUN Tournament and are now 2-0 versus Lipscomb.


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