MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2001
Jacksonville Escapes Levitt with 67-65 Win
Dec 17, 2001
WICHITA, Kan. - Senior Troy Mack scored 21 points and added nine rebounds in a 6-for-10 shooting effort, but it wasn't enough as Jacksonville's Travis Robinson poured in 16 points to lead the Dolphins to a 67-65 win in front of 7,560 fans Monday night in Levitt Arena.
"The game was lost at the free-throw line, and a lack of execution down the stretch" said head coach Mark Turgeon. "I don't know how many silly turnovers we had that led to layups for them. That's the difference in the game. I do think we lost to a very good team with a heck of a lot of talent that played better than us down the stretch."
WSU shot 55 percent (11-20) from the line for the game, which was down from its season percentage of 74.9 percent, while the Shockers turned the ball over a season-high 20 times, 11 in the first half.
The Shockers never trailed in the first half, starting the game on a 11-2 run by the 15:20 mark of the first half. WSU also led by nine on two more occasions in the first half, the second coming when senior center Troy Mack hit a six-foot jumper giving the Shockers a nine point lead with 14:10 until halftime.
Freshman forward Jamar Howard scored six of his 10 points in the first half, and ended with his second double-double of the season at10 points and 13 rebounds. The Dolphins closed the first half lead to two at the 6:06 mark when Travis Robinson made one of his three, three-pointers on the night. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half when freshman Randy Burns hit an eight-foot jump shot with 3.7 seconds left, giving WSU a 35-30 halftime lead.
Jacksonville opened the second half with a quick 4-0 run, dwindling the Shockers' lead to just one by 18:35 left in the game. The Dolphins took their first lead at 17:43 when guard James Daniels sunk a 12-footer off an assist from Robinson to put the score 36-35. The Shockers fought back quickly, taking the lead and extending it to four when Mack made two free-throws, giving WSU the lead with 16:10 left. Mack hit two more from the charity stripe with 4:10 left, giving the Shockers a 59-54 lead, a lead that vanished quickly when Kevin Sheppard laid in two of his 15 points to give the Dolphins a 62-60 lead.
The Shockers closed the lead to within two when Howard made one of his two free-throws with 9.3 seconds left in the game. WSU had the final possession of the game as Burns missed from 12-feet at the buzzer to give the Dolphins their sixth win on the year, while the Shockers fell to 4-5.
WSU will be in action again Friday, Dec. 21, when they face Western Carolina in a 7:05 tip in Levitt Arena.
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