SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2005
Men's hoops drops opener to Florida State

Nov. 19, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The start to the 2005-06 JU men's basketball season was not the way Cliff Warren drew it up.

The Dolphins struggled offensively, hitting just 17-of-58 (29.3 percent) from the floor, as Florida State topped Jacksonville, 78-48, in front of a crowd of 5,688 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night.

Jesse Kimbrough's nine points in 18 minutes led the Dolphins. Antonio Cool and Mario Brown each added eight apiece.

"We had good effort in spurts, but we've got a lot to learn," said Warren, following his first game at the helm of the Dolphins. "We've got to learn to play hard on every possession and execute on every possession. Now, we're looking forward to getting back to work on Monday and getting better."

The Seminoles (1-0) were led by Jason Rich's game-high 13 points and double-double performances from Al Thornton, with 12 points and 10 boards, and Diego Romero with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The start of the Warren Era at JU (0-1) was punctuated by 29 fouls called on JU, with Kimbrough and Phillip Okonma fouling out. FSU cashed in on those fouls, going to the free throw line 41 times and hitting 31.

Jacksonville's aggressive play on offense didn't translate into free throw opportunities, as JU was just 11-of-18 from the line.

The first half saw the Dolphins hit just 6-of-25 from the floor, going 0-for-11 from 3-point land, and going into the intermission trailing 42-19. Jacksonville also ran into foul problems, racking up 18 fouls in the first half.

In the second half, Jacksonville improved offensively scoring 29 points by hitting 11-of-33 from the floor. JU hit just 3-of-13 from behind the arc in the second stanza.

Despite the opening night struggles, there are some positives. Marcus Allen, getting to start in his first collegiate game at JU, scored six points and pulled down six boards while blocking two shots in 27 minutes of play.

With the first game in the books, the Dolphins head south to face South Florida on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.