MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2003
Basketball Comes From Behind To Beat Tennessee Tech, 71-67
Dec. 29, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the second straight game, JU erased a double-digit deficit despite playing with just eight players to post a come-from-behind win. Freshman Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) had a career-high 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while sophomore Riley Didion (Cambridge, Wis.) came off the bench to score a career-best 14 points as the Dolphins erased a 14-point deficit to defeat Tennessee Tech, 71-67, Monday night at Swisher Gymnasium. JU, which has won 10 consecutive games at home, improves to 5-3 on the season as it prepares for 19 straight Atlantic Sun Conference games. Tennessee Tech falls to 5-5 with its fourth loss in the last five games.
Quaintance's emphatic dunk on a driving assist from Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) with 29 seconds to play gave the Dolphins the lead for good, in a game which featured seven ties and seven lead changes. Trailing 69-67 with 11 seconds to play, Tech's Cameron Crisp missed a pair of free throws and Didion iced the game hitting two free throws with two seconds remaining. JU shot just 18-of-35 from the line for the game, but hit 3-of-4 in the final 11 seconds. Quaintance scored six of the Dolphins' final nine points.
David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 15 points, while Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) came off the bench to score 11 as the Dolphins got 26 points and 12 rebounds from their reserves. JU limited the Golden Eagles to just 3-of-17 shooting from outside the arc and 27 points in the second half. Willie Jenkins paced Tennessee Tech with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
JU trailed by as many as 14 in the first half before trimming the halftime deficit to 40-32. Tennessee Tech led 54-47 at the 11:29 mark of the second half when Stockton scored seven straight points to tie the game at 54. He hit a three from the wing, scored on a putback after Lee missed a three and then drove baseline for a monstrous slam to tie the game. JU built a 59-54 lead, but the Golden Eagles answered with a 6-1 run to tie the game at 60 with 4:04 to play. There were four ties and three lead changes in the final four minutes.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Jan. 3 at Belmont at 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 5 at Lipcomb at 9:15 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.
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