WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2005
Jesse Kimbrough's career night denied Atlantic Sun's top weekly honor
Nov. 30, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All Jesse Kimbrough did last Friday night was score 19 points and dish out 12 assists while keeping the Jacksonville men's basketball team in the game against a team from the Big East Conference.
Despite having some of the best numbers by a player in the conference last week, Kimbrough's night against South Florida was not good enough to earn the Atlantic Sun Conference's "Player of the Week" honor.
Instead, the honor went to UNF's Alain Laroche for his efforts in leading the Ospreys to two wins against a pair of Division II teams.
"I thought he deserved the award," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "Fortunately it's early in the season and he will have plenty of other chances to earn the award."
After the Dolphins fell behind 20-6 early, Kimbrough almost single-handedly kept Jacksonville in the game. He scored 13 points in the first half, hitting 4-of-8 from the floor and hitting all four attempts from the free throw line.
The second half was equally impressive, as he tallied six points on 2-of-5 shooting, while hitting both of his free throw attempts. Despite his scoring production going down, he created more opportunities for the Dolphins, dishing out eight of his career-high 12 assists in the second half while only committing one turnover.
More amazingly, Kimbrough's rare double-double in points and assists was the first double-double of the year for JU and the first points and assists double feature since Aubrey Conerly's 10 points and 10 assists at Arkansas on Dec. 29, 2003.
On top of all that, Kimbrough leads JU in scoring, averaging 14 points per game as well as leading the A-Sun in assists (averaging seven per game). Those are some stout numbers against some stout competition from the Atlantic Coast and Big East Conferences.
But that wasn't able to snag the top honors for Kimbrough, so he and the Dolphins turn their focus to Friday night's game against UNF to open A-Sun play.
"We have to come out and be ready to play hard for 40 minutes because that is what it is going to take to win," Warren said. "We are excited to be able to play at home on Friday night in front of our fans and we hope that they all come out and support us."
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