FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2004
Basketball Falls To A-Sun Champ Troy State, 113-73
Feb. 27, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) scored a game-high 24 points and freshman Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Troy State hit 18 three-pointers and had six players in double figures as the Trojans captured their second straight A-Sun regular-season championship with a 113-73 victory over the Dolphins Friday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins fall to 13-14 overall, 8-12 in league play and enter next week's Atlantic Sun Championship in Nashville as the No. 7 seed. Troy State (21-5, 17-2), which captured at least a share of its fourth A-Sun title in the last five years, won its 10th straight game to clinch the tournament's No. 1 seed.
The Trojans hit 13-of-16 shots from behind the arc and forced 18 turnovers in the first half to open up a 64-39 halftime lead. Herbert Evans hit 9-of-11 shots from the field for a team-high 22 points for Troy State, which had 25 assists and 15 steals. A-Sun Player-of-the-Year candidate Greg Davis added 15 points and 11 assists, while Ryan Heck hit 6-of-10 shots for 20 points. The Trojans scored 39 points off 27 Dolphin turnovers, which matched JU's previous season high from the first meeting at Troy State.
It was just the fourth time JU has allowed 100 points since head coach Hugh Durham took over in 1997 and was the most points the Dolphins have surrendered since a 111-69 loss at Arizona State, Nov. 22, 1996 under interim head coach Buster Harvey.
The Dolphins look for their first postseason win in seven seasons when they enter the 2004 Sun Trust Bank A-Sun Championship as the No. 7 seed on Thursday, March 4, at the Curb Event Center in Nashville. Final pairings will be released on Sunday by the conference office.
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