SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2002
Men's Basketball Beat By Belmont
Feb. 16, 2002
Nashville, Tenn. - The Belmont Bruins (10-16, 7-11 A-Sun) honored seniors Wes Burtner and B.J. Proffitt with a 91-68 rout of the Jacksonville Dolphins (17-10, 11-7 A-Sun) in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins handed coach Hugh Durham and his Dolphins their worst setback of the season. Coming into today's game, Jacksonville was one of the top defensive teams in the A-Sun, leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (.299) and scoring margin (+7.0) while ranking second in the league in both scoring defense (64.4 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.413). Making matters worse, Jacksonville had beaten the Bruins 58-37 in Jacksonville on November 24, limiting the team to only .321 shooting from the field and a paltry 3-of-27 from the three-point line. However, Belmont looked right past all those numbers for their 23-point victory as the Bruins shot a .609 from the floor and a blistering .611 from the three-point line, each season highs.
After an Adam Mark layup gave Belmont an early 9-6 lead, the Dolphins used a 13-2 run to grab an eight-point lead (19-11) with 11:10 remaining in the first half. It would prove to be the high point of the day for JU as Belmont responded with a 21-3 outburst highlighted by four three-pointers, two each from Wes Burtner and Steve Drabyn. At the end of the run, Belmont led 32-22 with just under six minutes left in the half, and Jacksonville would get no closer than nine points the rest of the game.
In the second half, Belmont maintained their double figure lead as Jacksonville picked up their defensive intensity in attempt to get back into the game. A David Lee fastbreak layup brought JU within 11 points with 10:41 to play, but Drabyn drew a foul for Belmont and knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 63-50 on the next possession. That is when the Jacksonville bench was accessed two technical fouls allowing Drabyn to bury four more free throws. Belmont would never look back, using those six points as a springboard for a 24-4 run resulting in their largest lead of the game, 85-54 with 5:13 left. The Dolphins scored the final five points of the game for a final score of 91-68.
Junior Adam Sonn hit 9-of-13 field goals on his way to a game-high 24 points and just missed his 10th double-double of the year, ripping down nine rebounds. In their final home game, senior Wes Burtner scored 21 points and hit five three-pointers while B.J. Proffitt had five points and five assists. Steve Drabyn (17) and Adam Mark (11) also reached double figures for Belmont. David Lee scored a career-high 16 points while Kevin Sheppard dished out a career-best 11 assists for the Dolphins. Belmont outrebounded JU 33-to-26, holding the Dolphins to only seven defensive boards.
Belmont will now be no worse than tied for the eighth and final spot in the A-Sun tournament with just a pair of games remaining. The Bruins continue their march to the post-season at Georgia State next Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 pm at the GSU Sports Arena.
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