SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2004
Basketball Falls at Campbell, 85-73
Jan. 17, 2004
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - JU Freshman forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in just 25 minutes of play, but Campbell hit a season-high 11 three-pointers and had five players score in double figures to hold on for a 85-73 win over the Dolphins Saturday afternoon at a jam-packed Carter Gym. It's the fourth straight loss for JU (6-8, 1-6 A-Sun), while Campbell (1-13, 1-6 A-Sun) won for the first time in 18 games dating back to last season and gave first-year head coach Robbie Laing his first career victory.
The game, which featured 11 ties and 15 lead changes, was close until the final 2:45 when the Camels hit a three to go up 74-69 and then converted 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch. Tarrick Johnson paced Campbell with 21 points, while Anthony Atkinson scored 17, including 9-of-10 free throws. There were 48 fouls called in the game and the two teams combined for 47 free throws.
Junior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 17 points and 7 boards for JU, while Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks before fouling out with a second to play. The Dolphins scored 24 points off 18 Campbell turnovers.
Lee hit a three-pointer at the 2:55 mark to cut the Camel lead to 71-69, but Johnson answered with his third three of the game to push the lead back to five. Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) missed a three on the ensuing possession for the Dolphins and Atkinson hit a jumper in the lane for a 76-69 Campbell lead with 1:50 to play.
JU trailed 41-35 at the half but the Dolphins opened the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 43-41 lead at the 16:27 mark. Quaintance scored underneath and McBride nailed back-to-back three's. The game went back and forth until the 6:06 mark when Lee Marsh converted a McBride turnover in transition to give the Camels a 65-63 lead, which they never relinquished.
Derek Gray had a game-high 10 assists for Campbell, which had 19 assists and hit 20-of-27 free throws. It was the Camels' first win since Feb. 12, of last season. JU lost its fourth straight conference game for the first time since dropping the final five A-Sun games of the 1999-2000 season.
The Dolphins return to action on Monday at Gardner-Webb at 8:15 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C. It will be JU's sixth road game among the first eight A-Sun contests.
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