WINDSOR, Canada – 34 points in Jace Hogan's unofficial debut wasn't quite enough for Jacksonville University in its 99-95 loss at the University of Windsor on Friday. The game was the first of three exhibition games in JU's #CanadianTour. The #PhinsUpNorth continues Sunday at Brock University in Niagara and Monday at George Brown in Toronto.
"I thought it was a good game," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "We got a lot of chances to play guys who have never played college basketball, and they got to see significant time against some really good players. Windsor did a great job of spreading the floor, and as the game went on our principles got looser and looser, which allowed them to get comfortable. It was good to expose some areas in which we need to grow."
Jacksonville and Windsor traded baskets for the first few possessions, but missed free throws proved the Dolphins' undoing. JU fell to Windsor 99-95.
Big runs were the theme of the second half. JU outscored the Lancers 14-5 to start the third quarter, including a 9-0 run from 6:53 to 4:22 that gave the Dolphins a 12-point lead, 59-47. Windsor responded with a 13-6 run that put the score at Jacksonville 65, Windsor 61 at the end of third.
The two teams traded buckets in the early minutes of the fourth before Windsor strung together an 11-5 run that gave the Lancers a two-point lead, 77-75, with 4:55 left in the game. JU would retake the lead, 83-82, with two minutes remaining on consecutive buckets from Jace Hogan, but Windsor immediately tied it at 83-83 by making one of two free throws on the other end. Two more lead changes knotted the game up at 87-87 with just eight seconds remaining, and both teams missed their final shot attempts. At the end of the second half the game was tied 87-87.
Jacksonville kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 20-foot jumper that gave the Dolphins a 2-0 lead, which spurred a run that put JU up with just under five minutes left in the first quarter. The Dolphins and Lancers traded buckets for the next few minutes before Windsor went on a short run to take a 22-17 lead into the second quarter.
Windsor scored first in the second period on a free throw to lead 23-17 with 9:02 left, but JU started chipping away, narrowing the Lancer lead to just three points, 26-23, with just over seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Another Lancer run gave Windsor its largest lead of the game, 37-27, with 3:56 left in the half. But the Dolphin defense locked in, holding Windsor scoreless for the next 3:22 as JU went on a 11-0 run to lead 41-37 with just 35 seconds left. The half ended with the Dolphins leading 43-41.