Basketball Downs North Florida, 78-73, In Home Opener

Nov. 23, 2004

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior forward Antonio Cool (Chicago Heights, Ill.) scored a game-high 21 points to lead five Dolphins in double figures while JU shot a blistering 56 percent from the floor in a 78-73 win over North Florida in the first regular-season meeting between the two schools Tuesday night at historic Swisher Gymnasium. Sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes as JU (1-1) improved to 7-1 in home openers under head coach Hugh Durham.

Senior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) had 13 points, four boards and a career-high five assists for the Dolphins, who turned 16 Osprey turnovers into 22 points. Junior guards Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) and B.J. Surry (Independence , Mo.) each added 11 off the bench.

The Dolphins built a 65-54 lead at the 8:07 mark of the second half,and led by as many as 10 with 4:17 to play, but JU couldn't pull away from North Florida as the Ospreys got within three with 22 seconds to play on a jumper by former Dolphin Riley Didion. JU hit five straight free throws in the final 31 seconds to seal the game, including a pair by Cool with 18 seconds to play.

JU raced out to an early 19-9 lead behind the hot hand of Cool, who hit 5-of-7 shots and scored 11 of his 21 points in the first half. Donnie Lotz hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to seven for UNF, but Surry drilled a three and Cool nailed another jumper to give JU a 24-12 advantage at the 11:06 mark of the first half. The Ospreys responded with a barrage of threes, including back-to-back treys by Chris Timberlake to climb within four at 26-22. Quaintance's put-back at the buzzer gave the Dolphins a 40-36 halftime lead.

Timberlake scored 16 to lead five Ospreys in double figures, while Didion added 15 and Lotz and Derrick Scott each had 12. UNF drained 23-of-30 free throws and shot 45 percent from the field. Didion and Timberlake combined for 11 of the Ospreys' 16 turnovers as JU recorded 10 steals.

The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Savannah State at 7 p.m. before opening Atlantic Sun Conference play on Dec. 2 against Georgia State at Swisher Gymnasium.