NJIT, Jacksonville out in First Round of A-Sun Quarters

SONG SELECTION:

Gardens & Villa, “Maximize Results”
From the Music For Dogs album

Released August 21, 2015 via the Secretly Canadian Records label.

Three hours did not pass before the first pair of higher seeds were sent packing.

At least, nobody has to wonder who NJIT is after they lost to seventh seed Stetson 82-67.  The irony here is that the Hatters only won four conference games all year, but led by the dynamic duo of A-Sun Freshman of the Year Derick Newton (28 points and 11 rebounds) and Divine Myles with 21 points.  Luke Doyle also pulled in double figures on the scoring ledger finishing up with 11 points.

The NJIT Highlanders were led by Damon Lynn’s 24 points and Ky Howard chipped in with 13.  NJIT finished their first season in A-Sun play at a respectable 17-14, but lost three of their last four games–this following a five game win streak in the two weeks prior to Valentine’s Day.

Look out for Lipscomb

J.C. Hampton came up huge, scoring a career high 35 points in a 92-89 overtime upset of the third seed Jacksonville.  Thanks to 52 percent field goal shooting by the Bisons, they are certainly on their way if this trend continues.

It was a close game in the final minutes of regulation, but the turning point came in the extra stanza with Lipscomb took a four point lead with 15 seconds left.  Nathan Moran stepped to the free-throw and calmly made by free throws.  Marcel White (who finished with a career high 27 points) of Jacksonville then drilled a three on their next possession and subsequently put Moran back on the line.  With four seconds left, Moran iced the game with two free throws.  Jacksonville failed to get off a final heave as the buzzer sounded.

Lipscomb heads into the next round with a 12-20 record, while Jacksonville finishes up its season right at .500 (16-16).  Freshman Darien Fernandez finished with a team high and personal career high 31 points.

 

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