Gardner-Webb Ends Basketball's Win Streak, 81-53

Jan. 22, 2005

Box Score

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - JU sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) had his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but Gardner-Webb used a 17-0 run to open the second half and pulled away from the Dolphins for an 81-53 win Saturday night at Paul Porter Arena. The loss ended JU's four-game win streak and dropped the Dolphins to 9-8 overall, 5-5 in the A-Sun. Gardner-Webb improved to 11-6 overall, 8-2 in league play as the Bulldogs won their 10th straight at home and solidified themselves atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings.

Brian Bender hit six three-pointers and scored a career-best 33 points to lead the Gardner-Webb as the Bulldogs erased an early 10-point deficit to take a 29-28 halftime lead. Tim Jennings had a three-point play to start the second half and spark the Gardner-Webb run. Jennings scored eight points during the spurt and finished with 18 for the game. JU committed a season-high 27 turnovers, including 19 in the second half. The Bulldogs exploded for 52 points in the second half, including seven of their 10 three-pointers.

Senior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 10 points and six rebounds for the Dolphins, who matched a season low with just 11 three-point attempts and shot 36 percent for the game. Junior point guard Jesse Kimbrough (Mexia, Texas) also had seven points and seven rebounds.

The Dolphins stormed out to a 19-9 lead at the 10:53 mark of the first half, but the Bulldogs responded with a 14-2 run as Bender nailed a pair of three's, the last of which gave Gardner-Webb a 23-22 lead. JU traded baskets and briefly regained the lead on a short jumper by B.J. Surry (Independence, Mo.) with 42 seconds to play in the half, but Simon Conn answered with a lay-up to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. Lee scored nine of his 10 points in the first half when JU forced 12 turnovers and limited Gardner-Webb to just 28 percent shooting, including 3-of-12 from three-point range.

JU is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 26 as the Dolphins play at Stetson at 7 p.m. in their third straight road game.