Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Dolphins Drop Road Game to Southeast Missouri

Photo by Bill Barrett

MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team (0-4), dropped a heartbreaker, 77-71, to Southeast Missouri (2-2) on Friday night in the opening game of the Goldie and Herman Ungar Classic, hosted by South Alabama.

The Dolphins, in spurts, played the best offense it has so far this season, converting on 31 field goals while contributing 21 assists on those buckets against just 11 turnovers but SEMO was able to get to the free throw line and knock them down to create the difference in this one. While Jacksonville attempted just five free throws, the Redhawks made 16 in the game.

Jacksonville ultimately shot 43.1 percent from the floor, led by Jace Hogan who scored 18 points on 9-19 shooting to go with eight boards and a steal. Tyreese Davis posted another double-digit effort, going for 13 points, while pulling down three rebounds paired with four assists and a trio of swipes. The only other Dolphin to reach double figures was JD Notae who put up 11.

Off the bench, DeAnthony McCallum and Jalyn Hinton remained the sparks, scoring seven and nine points, respectively, while Hinton stuffed the sheet with four boards, three assists, three blocks and a pair of steals.

Things started hot for JU as the team jumped out to a 12-2 lead before anyone could even settle into their seats. Hogan scored eight of those first 12 to force SEMO into an early timeout. The Redhawks cut into the lead out of the break but the Dolphins were able to keep them at an arms-length throughout much of the first half. Jacksonville ended up shooting 41.2 percent from the floor in the opening frame but a late run by SEMO left it with a 33-32 deficit to deal with at halftime.

The hands stayed hot in the second half as both sides started to warm up from long range. The Dolphins knocked down a trio of deep balls early, two of which came from Davis and the other from Tanner Rubio, to force another SEMO timeout. The two sides battled back-and-forth for the better part of 14 minutes but with the game tied 62-62 with 6:06 to go, the Redhawks put the clamps down.

SEMO commenced on a 15-4 run that essentially sealed this one. JU managed a couple buckets in the closing moments, but it turned out to be just too little, too late.

Next up for JU will be a date with host South Alabama on its home floor tomorrow night (Nov. 17) at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).

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