Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Last-Game Blues Ross Gets Hot, but JU Loses

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Last-Game Blues Ross Gets Hot, but JU Loses

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There are two things every senior wants in his last home game --

to perform well and to win.

Jacksonville University senior Micah Ross, a Jackson graduate,

did everything he possibly could to help JU end the regular

season on a winning note. But Ross could have used a little more

help from his fellow senior teammates.

Ross scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, his fourth

double-double of the season, but it wasn't enough to close out

his final regular-season game with a victory. JU (8-18, 6-12 Sun

Belt) lost 57-53 to New Orleans (15-11, 9-9) in front of 1,137

at the Coliseum.

"There were a couple of things that hurt us," JU coach Hugh

Durham said. "We didn't shoot the ball well. . . . The other

thing that hurt us was, particularly down the stretch, their

ability to put that ball back in the basket after a missed

shot."

Ross was a one-man wrecking crew in the second half as he tried

desperately to get JU back into the game.

The Dolphins trailed 31-21 at the half and were fortunate to be

just 10 down. JU shot a horrendous 26.9 percent in the first

half. New Orleans made 51.9 percent of its shots.

Ross had just five points at the break but poured in 19 in the

second half against the much taller Privateers. At one point

midway through the half, Ross scored 11 points in a row for JU.

Ross' final points during that stretch pulled JU to within

45-38, the closest it had been since the first half.

"The team looks toward me," Ross said. "I'm a catalyst on this

team. We only have so many players. If certain guys aren't

producing, who's going to be there? I feel like I should pick it

up every game."

With 5:03 remaining, JU senior John Knox hit a 3-pointer to

make it 47-41. That came after Knox missed nine of his first 10

shots.

New Orleans turned the ball over on its next possession, but

Knox missed another 3. …

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