Men's basketball falls to USF, 91-78

Nov. 25, 2005

Final Stats

TAMPA, Fla. - Head coach Cliff Warren was looking for improvement from the Jacksonville men's basketball team between games one and two.

            The Dolphins showed signs of improvement, but a 20-6 run early doomed the Jacksonville's chances of the road win as USF held off a furious late rally by the Dolphins to come away with a 91-78 win.

            Jesse Kimbrough led the Dolphins (0-2) with 19 points and 12 assists for his first double-double of the year.  Aubrey Conerly added 16 points and Antonio Cool chipped in with 10.

            "We definitely battled," said JU head coach Cliff Warren.  "In spurts, we played well.  Our starters played well, but we got some guys in foul trouble early and that hurt us.  The season is a marathon and not a sprint, so we just have to continue to come out and work hard again this upcoming week."

            The improvement showed by Jacksonville is shown in the scoreboard, 78 points as opposed to 48 in the opener.  Other areas of improvement for the Dolphins included better shooting (43.1 percent), fewer turnovers (19) and more 3-pointers (eight).

            USF (2-0) was led by a quarter of players in double figures.  Melvin Buckley scored 26 points, hitting three 3-pointers, while James Holmes added 25 points.  McHugh Mattis had 20 points while Solomon Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds for USF.

            Despite falling behind 20-6 early, the Dolphins were able to cut into the lead in the first half, getting as close as six, before heading into the locker room at halftime trailing by 10, 46-36.

            The Bulls pushed the lead to 18 early in the second half, but the Dolphins would rally, getting as close as 11 points several times, but would get no closer as the Bulls prevailed for the win.

            The Dolphins return to the floor on Friday, Dec. 2, to open Atlantic Sun Conference play at home against archrival North Florida in the A-Sun "Game of the Week" to be aired on Comcast Sports Southeast.

NOTES: Kimbrough's double-double was the first time a Dolphin had a gotten a double-double via points and assists since Conerly's 10 point-10 assist performance at Arkansas on Dec. 29, 2003...The Dolphins start 0-2 for the first time since 1996-97...Kimbrough's 12 assists is a new career high.