FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2004
Basketball Upsets Georgia State, 77-75, For third Straight Win
Jan. 30, 2004
ATLANTA - JU Freshman forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) put back an Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) miss with 3.2 seconds to play to lift JU to a, 77-75, upset win over Georgia State at the GSU Arena Friday night in Atlanta. It's the third straight win for the shorthanded Dolphins, who ended the Panthers' seven-game home win streak and avenged a 66-58 loss eight days ago.
JU (9-10, 4-8 A-Sun) also ended Georgia State's (13-6, 8-4 A-Sun) 25-game home win streak in 2002. The win moves head coach Hugh Durham within three victories of becoming JU's all-time winningest Division I coach.
Quaintance led six Dolphins in double figures with 16 points, but it was his seventh offensive rebound of the game, which proved to be the difference. After Georgia State's Lamont McIntosh tied the game at 75 with a three-pointer from the right corner with 23 seconds to play, Conerly drove the right side of the lane and missed a running fall-away. Quaintance grabbed the rebound in mid-air and put it back to give the Dolphins the lead. The Panthers advanced the ball to midcourt with 1.2 seconds left and called timeout, but McIntosh's 20-footer from the left baseline fell short.
Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) added a career-high 15 and seven boards, while Jure Lozancic (Omis, Croatia) scored 13 and David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) had 12. Conerly directed the JU attack with 10 points and four assists, while Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) came off the bench to score 10. The Dolphins hit 16-of-22 free throws and forced the Panthers into 19 turnovers.
The game featured 12 ties and 12 lead changes. JU led by as much as eight early in the first half, but Georgia State went on a 15-5 run over a 3:17 stretch to take a 41-30 lead with 2:00 to play. Stockton hit a pair of free throws, and Quaintance and McBride hit back-to-back baskets underneath to cut the deficit to 41-36 at the half.
JU took its first lead of the second half, 49-47, on a Lee jumper with 14:21 to play. The Panthers quickly regained the lead with a 9-2 run which, was capped by a D'Andre McGrew three-pointer to give GSU a 56-51 lead at the 12:35 mark. JU tied it back up following a Stockton three and the game remained close the final 10:57. McIntosh hit a three to give the Panthers a 72-71 lead with 1:45 to play, but the Dolphins answered with a pair of free throws from Lozancic.
Nate Williams led the Panthers with 21 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, while Daniel Towns and Reo Logan each finished with 12. Georgia State shot 54 percent for the game, but managed just 52 shots.
JU returns to action on Sunday at Mercer at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Southeast.
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