SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2004
Men's Basketball Falls to No. 22 Florida, 81-59

Nov. 19, 2004

Final Stats

Senior shooting guard David Lee scored a team-high 15 points to lead three Dolphins in double figures, but it wasn't enough to overcome 24 turnovers in an 81-59 loss to No. 22 Florida in the season opener for both at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. It was the Dolphins' first season-opening loss in eight years under head coach Hugh Durham, while the Gators improved to 9-0 under Billy Donovan in openers.

B.J. Surry came off the bench to add 12 for JU on 4-of-5 shooting as the Dolphins shot 49 percent for the game and hit six three-pointers. Junior point guard Jesse Kimbrough scored 10 points and had just one turnover in 25 minutes of his Dolphin debut. Florida's full-court press yielded 30 points off JU turnovers and helped the Gators erase an early three-point deficit to take a 43-32 halftime lead. UF also had 15 offensive rebounds which led to 23 second-chance points.

The first half featured three ties and two lead changes as a Lee three-pointer and a Surry jumper turned a two-point deficit into a 20-17 JU lead at the 12:29 mark. Florida answered with a 10-0 run thanks to five Dolphin turnovers and stretched its lead to as much as 39-26 on an Anthony Roberson jumper with 1:39 to play in the half.

The Gators opened the second half on an 10-0 run and a Corey Brewer layup gave UF a 53-32 lead at the 17:24 mark. The Dolphins responded with seven straight when Lee drilled a three, Kimbrough hit a jumper and Antonio Cool slammed one home to cut the deficit to 14. JU would get as close as 11 midway through the second half, but the Gators closed the game on an 8-0 run.

UF's David Lee had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Roberson scored 19 and Matt Walsh 14.

The Dolphins return to action against North Florida Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium in the first-ever regular-season meeting between the two schools.