Jacksonville Team Info
Liberty Team Info
The Jacksonville Crimsons bounced back from a heartbreaking loss
in the first round to move on in the consolation bracket,
outscoring Liberty in every quarter of their 46-29 victory. The
inexperienced Eagles battled hard, but could not overcome 28
turnovers and 20 percent shooting.
Jacksonville (2-10) sprinted to an 8-0,
but then went cold, scoring only four points over the next nine
minutes of action. Liberty crept back into the game, getting
within 12-9 past the midpoint of the second quarter. Will Peak
netted five points late in the half to push the Crimson
advantage to 18-12 at intermission.
once again had the better of the play in the third quarter, but
they could not put the Eagles (1-12) away. Liberty managed only
four made field goals in the first 24 minutes, but was only down
by eight points heading into the final quarter.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they never
could get their attack going. Despite only scoring two points in
the first three minutes, Liberty was still with eight until Zack
Rose took a brilliant behind-the-back feed from Zach Belford to
gain a 35-25 lead with 4:43 to play. The Jacksonville lead was
in double digits the rest of the way.
Liberty did a good job getting to the
line, outscoring the Crimsons 17-8 at the free throw stripe. The
Eagles were led by Jordan Neisen, who exemplified the Eagles
effort on the day, scoring all ten of his points on free throws
and grabbing six rebounds.
Rose tallied a game-high 16 points,
followed by Peak with 15 to pace Jacksonville. Belford recorded
nine rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in an all-around
effort by the junior guard.
Jacksonville will take on Rockridge in a
consolation bracket semifinal game Saturday morning at 9:00 in
Brophy Hall on the WIU campus.
December 29, 2017