FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2010
Dolphins’ winning streak comes to an end with 73-70 loss at Belmont
The Dolphins’ 10-game winning streak has come to an abrupt end as the JU men’s basketball team fell at Belmont, 73-70, in the Atlantic Sun action on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Ian Clark led five Bruins (14-10, 9-5) in double figures by finishing with 16 points. Mick Hedgepeth recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help the cause.

The Dolphins (13-9, 9-4) got a game-high 25 points from senior guard Ben Smith with the help of a five three pointers, while senior forward Lehmon Colbert finished with 14 points and Junior guard Travis Cohn added 11 points.

“This was a tough loss,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We missed some easy shots and didn’t make some of the adjustments that we needed to do. I know our team will learn from tonight and come out ready to go on Sunday.”

The Bruins finished the game-shooting 46.2 percent (24-52) from the floor and went 20-for-30 at the charity stripe. The Dolphins had a game-best 23 points off turnovers, but shot 40.6 percent (28-69) from the floor and went 7-for-15 at the free throw line.

In the second half, the Bruins took their largest lead of the game, 63-51, on a three-pointer by Drew Halen (5:53). Smith hit two three pointers in next two minutes, while junior forward Ayron Hardy stole a Bruins’ inbound pass and converted it for layup to make it a 63-60 deficit at 3:06. The Bruins would get back up by six, 66-60, before Smith cut it to three again on pair of free throws at 1:47.

After three-pointer by Clark with a 1:15 remaining, sophomore guard Tevin Galvin hit a jumper to cut it to 69-65. Smith got another look at a three-pointer with less than 45 seconds in the game, but missed the attempt and the Bruins held on for the victory.

Kerron Johnson and Scott Saunders each finished with 12 points for the Bruins, while Keaton Belcher added eight points.

With the score tied at seven in the first half, a two-handed slam by Cohn sparked a 9-0 run to give the Dolphins a 16-7 lead. The Bruins got within a bucket at 18-16 before Smith hit his third three-pointer of the half to extend the Dolphins advantage. JU took a 25-18 lead after Colbert finished off a three-man weave with a dunk on a pass from freshman guard Russell Powell at 7:40. Despite the momentum, the Dolphins would stumble as the Bruins finished the half on a 16-6 run to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room.

The Dolphins close out their Nashville swing on Sunday when they play Lipscomb at 2 p.m. ET.