Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Dolphins Still Looking for First Win after Loss in Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team (0-2) was challenged by a hot-shooting Northern Arizona (1-0) program that was unrelenting in front of its home opener crowd. Despite a late push, the Dolphins had to settle for a 97-82 defeat in the first of five-straight contests on the road.

Jacksonville put three players in double figure scoring while Jaylyn Hinton quietly had the performance of the day, posting eight points to go with 13 rebounds and a career-high six blocks.

That swat total made him the first Dolphin since Keion Palmer in 2011 to post at least five blocks in a game.

Jace Hogan led JU with 17 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor while JD Notae shook off some first-half shooting woes to post 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal. Freshman Tyreese Daviswent 5-7 from the floor to secure the first double-digit effort of his young career. He posted 11 points. Every Dolphin that saw the floor scored. Tanner Rubio and Corey Romich each contributed six points off the bench while David Bell contributed seven points, three rebounds and three assists, battling foul trouble.

The Dolphins managed to shoot 62.5 percent from the floor in the second half and ended up outshooting NAU in the game, 52.5-48.6 but 10 made triples from the home side and a 31-point deficit early in the second half doomed JU in this one. Jacksonville did manage to cut the lead down to 13 in the later stages of the second half but that was as close as they’d come in this one.

The focus now turns to Grand Canyon on Monday night at 9 p.m. EST where Jacksonville will perform in front of one of the great atmosphere’s in collegiate sports. It will be second home contest of the year for Grand Canyon which won 22 games last season and advanced to the Championship game of the WAC Tournament.

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