Basketball Downs Savannah State, 73-67

Nov. 27, 2004

Box Score

Savannah, Ga. - Antonio Cool scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, while junior guard B.J. Surry came off the bench to score 19 points in 21 minutes as Jacksonville held off a furious second-half rally by Savannah State in a 73-67 win over the Tigers Saturday night at Tiger Arena. JU (2-1), which played without injured starting forward Haminn Quaintance for the first time in 31 games, improved to 9-0 all-time against Savannah State (0-5).

The Dolphins led by as many as 25 early in the second half, but Savannah State guard Mark Williams hit five three-pointers and scored 23 of his game-high 25 points after halftime to pull the Tigers to as close as five with 25 seconds to play.

JU point guard Jesse Kimbrough had 15 points, five assists and five steals as the Dolphins scored 19 points off 17 Tiger turnovers and had 11 steals. Joey Robinson added five points, a career-high 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Dolphins raced out to a 49-26 halftime lead behind 15 first-half points from Cool and 58 percent shooting from the floor. JU hit five three-pointers in the first half, forced 12 Savannah State turnovers and used an 18-0 run to break open the game.

Savannah State went on a 22-6 run midway through the second half thanks to Williams' hot shooting and 13 second-half turnovers by JU. Williams had just two points the final 8:38 after Cool started guarding him.

The Dolphins open conference play against Georgia State on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.