NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Jacksonville University men's basketball team (11-15, 4-7 ASUN) gave unbeaten ASUN leader Lipscomb (20-4, 11-0 ASUN) everything it could handle and more on Saturday afternoon but in the end the Dolphins came up just short of an upset, 86-77.
JD Notae and Tyreese Davis sparked the effort, scoring 21 and 17 points, respectively while DeAnthony McCallum came off the bench and set himself a new career-high for the second-consecutive game with 18 points. Notae added in eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. Davis had five boards, three assists and a career-high four steals and McCallum canned a trio of long balls over 28 minutes of action.
The Dolphins shot 46.9 percent from the floor and canned eight triples some struggles from the free throw line may have contributed to the difference in this one. Lipscomb needed an all-time performance from Eli Pepper (27 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists) to stave off the Dolphins. Jacksonville's pair of losses to the Bisons are by a combined total of 12 points while Lipscomb's eight other wins in league play came by an average of 24.5 points.
Jacksonville set the tone early in this one, playing physical and efficient as the two sides traded leads 15 times the first half. The Dolphins trailed by as many as six early on and led by as many as three with 8:47 to play in the half following a driving lay-in by Notae. McCallum canned a three ball to move JU ahead by two with 4:36 to go but Lipscomb came up with a 12-6 run down the stretch to take a four-point advantage into the break.
The Lipscomb lead grew to as many as 10 by the 15:46 mark in the second half and after some trading that lead was back to 10 with just 11:25 left. Jace Hogan found his rhythm for a 15-footer, Davis drove the lane and converted and just like that we had a two-possession ball game. The two sides traded buckets back-and-forth until JU bullied its way to a 5-0 run around the 7-minute mark to pull within three.
From that point on, the Dolphins had opportunities to pull closer, but Lipscomb simply answered the call to action and managed to keep JU at an arms-length. In the end Jacksonville had to settle for a nine-point loss.
Up next will be a quick trip down to Deland where the Dolphins will go to battle with Stetson on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. JU put Stetson away at Swisher last week, 72-57. The next matchup inside Swisher Gymnasium will be a visit from North Florida for round two of the "River City Rumble" on Wednesday (Feb. 20).
Notae, McCallum, Davis Guide Jacksonville in Near Miss at Lipscomb
|Jacksonville (11-15, 4-7 ASUN)||33||44||77|
|Lipscomb (20-4, 11-0 ASUN)||37||49||86|