Men's basketball opens 2005-06 season with a bang

Nov. 5, 2005

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A new era dawned in JU men's basketball on Saturday and in a significant way.

Jesse Kimbrough led four Dolphins in double figures as he scored a game-high 31 points, with 25 coming in the second half, as Jacksonville picked up a 100-89 win over Flagler in an exhibition game.

Antonio Cool added 27 points and 11 rebounds for Jacksonville. Cool and Kimbrough both dished out five assists.

"I'm extremely pleased with the effort," Warren said. "I told the team before the season started that I wanted them to give a good effort every time out and we got that today."

The debut of the "fastest 40 minutes in Jacksonville" got off to a flourish as the Dolphins topped 100 points. The last time the Dolphins scored 100 points was against Jacksonville State in 2002.

Joining Cool and Kimbrough in double figures was Bryan Hipsher and Marcus Allen off the bench. Both Hipsher and Allen scored 10 points with Allen getting six rebounds while Hipsher dished out three assists and got five boards.

"We got a good gauge of what we need to work on," Warren said. "Now it's back to practice."

The first half went back and forth as neither team able to get an advantage and ended deadlocked at 47.

In the second half, the Dolphins slowly pulled away. JU led by four with more than six minutes to go, 80-76, but finished with a flourish. JU went on an 13-3 run, capped by a dunk by Cool and a layup by Kimbrough to take a 93-79 lead with just under three minutes left.

The key to the Dolphins surge in the second half was better shooting and better defense. JU hit 55.9 percent of its shots in the second half while holding Flagler to just 40 percent shooting.

JU also held a commanding 50-35 advantage on the boards, including 24 offensive rebounds. It also helps to get 25 points in the second half from Kimbrough.

"It felt good to be out there against somebody else other than us," Kimbrough said. "I just tried to pick it up in the second half. We just tried to play with a little more effort in the second half."

The Dolphins open the regular season on Nov. 19 against Florida State in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.