WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2004
Basketball Rallies For 71-65 Win Over Eckerd
Dec. 29, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) scored a season-high 16 points and handed out five assists in his first start of the season, while JU limited Eckerd to just 31 percent shooting from the field in a 71-65 win over the Tritons Wednesday night at Swisher Gymnasium. Junior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 16 points for JU (5-4), which broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-1 at home. Eckerd fell to 7-4 on the season with its eighth straight loss to the Dolphins.
Sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) had 11 points, nine rebounds and a season-best five blocks for the Dolphins, who forced 21 turnovers and limited the Tritons to just 22 percent (5-23) shooting from three-point range. Junior point guard Jesse Kimbrough (Mexia, Texas) added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 23 minutes off the bench, while freshman walk-on Brad Larson (Orlando, Fla.) had a career-best six points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Trailing by one with 6:42 to play, JU used a 14-1 run over the next 5:43 to take a 65-53 lead with 59 seconds to play. Quaintance fed Kimbrough for a driving lay-up and then Conerly hit a pair of free throws to give the Dolphins a three-point lead. Quaintance followed with a dunk and then blocked James Coley's jumper to start a fast break which ended with a Lee three-pointer to push the lead to seven. Following a Quaintance free throw, Conerly, who hit 10-of-12 from the line, hit a pair of free throws to give JU its largest lead of the night. The Dolphins trailed by five at the 10:05 mark, but Kimbrough scored six straight points to give JU a 48-47 lead.
Matt Cenatus had 17 points to lead Eckerd, while Greg Plummer scored 16 and had three of the Tritons' nine steals. Eckerd out-rebounded the Dolphins, 45-37, and forced 22 turnovers. JU limited the Tritons to just 24 percent shooting in the first half, including 0-of-8 from outside the arc to take a 31-27 halftime lead.
JU begins a stretch of 18 straight Atlantic Sun Conference games by hosting arch-rival Stetson on Monday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.
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