Timely long range bombs doom JU at Belmont, 85-78

Feb. 7, 2008

Final Stats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Allen and Lehmon Colbert both had 24 points, but it wasn't enough as Belmont used a strong pitch-and-drive attack to tie Jacksonville atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with a 85-78 win at the Curb Event Center.

Shane Dansby scored a game-high 28 for Belmont, hitting four of the Bruins' nine 3-pointers. He was one of three Bruins in double figures, joined by Matthew Dotson with 12 and Jordan Campbell with 10.

The Dolphins (12-10, 8-2 A-Sun) saw their five-game road winning streak snapped despite tying a season high with nine 3-pointers, with Allen responsible for three of those.

Allen and Colbert were the only Dolphins to finish in double figures, with Colbert setting a new career high with his second career 20-point outing.

"We made a few mistakes with the basketball and you can't do that against a team like Belmont," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We shot the ball well, but we didn't do as good a job of rebounding as we needed to get the stops when we were making a run."

Belmont (16-8, 8-2 A-Sun) hit 50 percent of its shots from the floor for the game and only missed three free throws of the 19 attempted. Dansby was 4-of-5 from behind the arc as the Bruins hit 9-of-24.

After trailing by 11 early in the second half, the Dolphins cut the deficit to four, 66-62, via three straight 3-pointers, the last by Travis Cohn with 8:28 left in the game.

The Bruins answered with a run of their own, scoring seven, the last a basket by Jon House, to push the lead back to 11, 73-62, with 6:43 remaining in regulation.

JU had one last run, cutting the lead back to seven, 77-70, with 3:34 left in the game. Belmont pulled away in the final three minutes to seal the win in a tie atop the league standings.

The Bruins opened the second half by extending a seven-point halftime lead to double digits in the first four minutes, courtesy of two 3-pointers, the last by Dansby to put the Bruins up 11, 56-45.

Jacksonville had one of its best shooting nights of the season, hitting 31-of-61 from the floor, but committed 10 turnovers, with Belmont converting those into 17 points. The Dolphins, who had poured more than 20 points off turnovers in the past three games, had just eight points on eight Bruin turnovers.

The Dolphins trailed at halftime, 48-41, after Andy Wicke hit an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer for Belmont. The Dolphins trailed by as many as 10 in the first half and cut the deficit to three late before the Bruins hit the shot at the buzzer.

Jacksonville wraps up its Music City road trip on Saturday at Lipscomb. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. (EST).