WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Dolphins fall to Belmont in A-Sun Tournament, 76-62
For a few minutes, the Jacksonville men’s basketball team had the University Center believing an upset was in the making.

But an 18-3 run over seven minutes late in the first half proved to be too much to overcome as top seeded Belmont (25-7) ended Jacksonville’s (8-22) season with a 76-62 victory in the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

The Bruins got a game-high 19 points from Kerron Johnson, who led three Bruins in double figures.

“I am very proud of effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We made some improvement over the past month just to get into the tournament and our guys played with urgency and fight the last month.

“You have to tip your hat to Belmont. They attacked the basket, got to the free throw line and took advantage. I thought we were attacking the basket as well, we just didn’t finish or draw fouls.”

The Bruins flexed their muscles on the glass, holding a 46-28 edge in rebounds – limiting JU to just six offensive rebounds, seven below its average.

Aloys Cabell had a team-high 17 points, with nine coming in the first half. Glenn Powell added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Leading by nine at the half, Belmont saw JU cut the deficit to seven early before pushing the lead back to 14, 48-34, on a Scott Saunders layup with 14:38 left in the game.

Jacksonville didn’t go away easily though. The Dolphins used a 10-3 run that was capped by a Cabell 3-pointer to make it 51-44 with 10:51 left.

A few minutes later, the Dolphins for a four-point play from Cabell to cut the lead back to seven, 62-55, with 6:02 left.

With the crowd sitting on the edge of its season to see if JU was going to be able to take control, the Bruins showed their mettle – pushing the lead back to double digits quickly and hit their free throws down the stretch to insure the win.

Saunders had 18 points and six rebounds off the bench while Mick Hedgepath had 13 points and four rebounds.

After watching JU use a 7-0 spurt to take a 19-18 led on a Shamile Jeffers dunk with 10:40 left in the first half, the Bruins busted out of the blocks with an 18-3 run to build a 36-22 lead thanks to a Reece Chamerlain 3-pointer with 3:59 left in the half.

Jacksonville cut the deficit to nine at the half, 39-30, on a Delwan Graham layup.