Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Dolphins Close Out 2020 with a Loss at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team (6-4) was stifled early at Kansas State (4-5) and despite a late push was unable to overcome the deficit and settled for a loss, 70-46.

With Monday’s result, the Dolphins have closed the book on the 2020 calendar year and the non-conference slate for the 2020-21 season.

Jacksonville closes the non-conference portion of the schedule with its best 10-game start to a season since the 2016-17 campaign and is set to begin ASUN play on the road at Kennesaw State on Jan. 1.

The ASUN slate will be a bit unusual this time around as each team will continue to see each other twice, but those matchups will occur on back-to-back days. Jacksonville will have four weekends on the road and four at home.

The opening weekend will consist of a pair of road matchups at Kennesaw State and the home slate will begin on Jan. 15 opposite North Florida.

The first half of this game proved to be the difference maker as Kansas State was able to get hot early and ride that streak to nine triples in the opening frame.

The Dolphins committed eight turnovers and struggled from deep which allowed the home side to build a 19-point advantage. Workman was the lone Dolphin to reach double figures during the first 20. He was 4-5 from the floor after an extremely efficient 5-5 effort on Saturday afternoon at Miami.

The second half was more of the same as the Wildcats remained hot from long range. The home side knocked down a pair of early triples matching a season high and quickly increased the lead to 24 by the 15:50 mark.

Jacksonville missed its first four shots of the half and were buoyed by a pair of Kevion Nolan free throws. Corey Romich knocked down three triples down the stretch but it was just too little, too late.

An unconventional lineup for the Dolphins kept the Wildcats under control for a long stretch in the second half but the offensive struggles persisted as Kansas State was able to keep JU from cutting too deeply into the deficit.

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