SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012
Men’s basketball loses at Belmont, 85-71
A good second half wasn’t enough for the JU men’s basketball team in an 85-71 loss at Belmont on Saturday in Atlantic Sun Conference action at the Curb Event Center.
The Dolphins (4-17, 2-8 A-Sun) took the lead with nine minutes left, but the Bruins (15-7, 8-2) made key three-pointers to set up the win. Kerron Johnson scored 21 points to lead four Bruins players in double-figures. Blake Jenkins added 18 points to help the cause.
“We played hard,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “We didn’t get enough shots towards the end to create the momentum we needed. Our goal is to build on the good things from tonight for our contest at Lipscomb.”
Cabell scored 22 points on 10 of 11 free-throw attempts and had four assists to pace the Dolphins, while junior Russell Powel chipped in with 15 points. JU finished 10 of 20 (50.0) from the floor in the second half.
A three-pointer by sophomore Chris Davis and a jumper from junior Delwan Graham rounded out an 11-3 Dolphins’ run to regain the lead at 60-57 with 8:46 left in the contest. Belmont answered with a 10-0 run, capped on two Johnson three-pointers to take a 67-60 advantage. A Powell free-throw cut the JU deficit to 72-63 (4:36), but the Bruins keep the lead at double-digits the rest of the way.
Ian Clark tallied 13 points for Belmont in the win, while Drew Hanlen finished with 10 points.
In the first half, the Dolphins tied it at 16-all on a three-pointer from Powell (11:44). The Bruins used 9-3 run, capped on a JJ Mann jumper, for a 27-21 lead at 7:18. Following a Bruins technical foul, Cabell nailed the two free throws and hit a three-pointer on the next trip to tie it at 35-all (3:04). The teams headed to the locker room tied at 39-39 after a Powell layup in the final minute.
Graham and junior Glenn Powell each had eight points for the Dolphins. Davis finished with seven points on the night.
The Dolphins wrap the road trip on Monday up the road against Lipscomb in Allen Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST. Fans can listen to the action live on 1010XL or watch it on A-Sun.tv.
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