Basketballs Falls At Tennessee Tech, 92-74

Dec. 19, 2004

Box Score

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Five Dolphins scored in double figures and JU connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers, but it wasn't enough to overcome 27 points from Tennessee Tech's Willie Jenkins as the Golden Eagles used a big first half to outmuscle the Dolphins, 92-74, Sunday afternoon at the Eblen Center. Tennessee Tech (4-4), which improved to 4-0 at home this season, is 58-5 at the Eblen Center the last five years The Dolphins lost for just the second time in the last six games. JU returns to action at Florida State Tuesday at 7 p.m. live on the Sunshine Network.

The Golden Eagles took advantage of excellent free throw shooting connecting on 31-of-34 attempts from the line, including a perfect 17-of-17 in the first half when Tech built a 53-31 lead. The Dolphins committed 14 first-half turnovers before settling down in the second half. JU hit 11-of-21 three-pointers, but hit just 15-of-27 from the line and was out-rebounded, 39-28.

Junior forward Antonio Cool paced the Dolphins with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while David Lee added 14 and Haminn Quaintance scored 13 in 22 minutes. Junior center Joey Robinson pulled down six boards and handed out four assists for JU, which outscored the Golden Eagles, 43-39, in the second half.

Jenkins hit 11-of-13 free throws to lead Tennessee Tech, while Milone Clark added 13 and Derek Stribling scored 12. The Golden Eagles pressured the Dolphins in the first half and used a 12-1 run to open up a 31-17 lead by forcing five JU turnovers. Tech closed the half on a 19-9 spurt for the 22-point halftime advantage.

The Dolphins trailed 83-53 with 7:20 to play, but JU hit four three-pointers and climbed to within 15 at the 2:40 mark. Cool appeared to cut the deficit to 12, but his three-pointer from the left wing rimmed out and the Golden Eagles added a pair of late field goals.