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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (7-8) closed out non-conference play on Sunday afternoon, coming up just short in its late comeback effort against Presbyterian (7-7), 72-67, despite Jace Hogan's game-high 18 that put him over the 1,000-point career milestone.
The Dolphins played well overall, shooting 47.2 percent from the floor while knocking down eight triples, bolstered by 14 points from Aamahne Santos. The junior guard was lights out for much of the contest, going 5-5 from the floor and 4-4 from deep until a miss on the final possession skewed his line. Hogan played 37 minutes and pulled down nine boards to go with his 18 points. He averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Blue Hose in two matchups this season.
David Bell came off the bench to lead the second unit with 11 points, six boards and a pair of blocked shots. It was an emphatic slam from Bell off a feed from Tyreese Davis that ignited a furious comeback from the Dolphins late in the second half that nearly stole this game. Davis scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out a game and career-high eight assists. JD Notae also contributed a solid line of seven points, five boards and six assists off the pine.
The difference in this one came in the turnover margin. PC forced JU into 15 turnovers while committing just seven and turned that into a 14-5 advantage in points off turnovers. The Blue Hose led by as many as 11 in the second half and used a 12-0 run in the first to get the lead and never look back.
Jacksonville began this one with a quick, 7-0, run that forced PC into an early timeout. Things settled down from there and the back-and-forth ensued. The Dolphins surrendered the lead for the first time at the 11:39 mark in the first when PC buried a triple to make it 20-19 and JU would never lead again.
The deficit grew to 11 with 10:32 to play in the game and was 10 with 8:23 left and a media timeout looming. That's when Bell took the acrobatic feed from Davis in the lane to double stuff a jam trough contact, plus the foul, that sent the Swisher Gymnasium faithful into a frenzy. He made the free throw and the game was on.
A Notae three ball in transition followed to cut this one to four, then the Dolphins traded one PC free throw for a driving lay-in on the other side to make it a three-point game with 5:53 to play. The two sides traded baskets and JU even got within one with 3:30 left following a Santos triple but PC kept the Dolphins at an arms-length. With eight seconds left, JU had a chance to tie but a long Santos triple from the top of the lane fell short and that was that.
Next up will be ASUN Conference play for JU and there will be no soft lead-in to the action as the league's defending champion, Lipscomb, comes to down on Jan. 5 to get the party started. That will prelude a two-game road swing at Kennesaw State and Liberty before the Dolphins return home on Jan. 16 to welcome new league member North Alabama.
Hogan Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone in Loss to Presbyterian
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