Jesse Kimbrough's career night leads JU to win over UNF

Dec. 2, 2005

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Atlantic Sun Conference "Game of the Week" lived up to its billing on Friday night with Jesse Kimbrough stealing the show and giving JU head coach Cliff Warren his first career win.

In front of a Swisher Gymnasium record crowd of 1,548, the Jacksonville men's basketball team opened it's A-Sun schedule with an 88-71 win over rival North Florida on Friday night under the lights of a regional telecast on Comcast Sports Southeast.

For the more than 200 students and other fans that were turned away at the door, they missed Kimbrough scoring a career-high 25 points and pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds while dishing out seven assists.

"I think he's capable of playing giving us those type of numbers all year," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "His teammates feed off of the way he plays. We expect him to lead us all year."

Joining Kimbrough in double figures was Antonio Cool with 15 points, freshman Marcus Allen scoring a career-high14 points along with eight rebounds and Mario Brown racking up 12 points and nine rebounds.

"I'm really pleased with our energy and effort tonight," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We had a great crowd tonight and I'm so glad all of our students came out in force to support us. From the students to the athletic administration to the fans and boosters, we had everyone out tonight in support and that is what we need to help us have a successful season."

The Dolphins (1-2, 1-0 A-Sun) rallied from an early nine-point deficit to take an eight-point lead, 44-36, into the locker room at halftime. JU ended the half outscoring the Ospreys (2-2, 0-2 A-Sun) 29-12 over the last 10 minutes of the half.

UNF opened the second half on a tear after falling behind by 12, going on an 18-2 run to take a 54-50 lead with just more than 14 minutes left in the game.

But the Dolphins were not to be undaunted in Warren's debut at the "Swish." Over the next six minutes, JU went on a 20-2 run to push the lead to 14, 70-56, with 8:31 left in the game.

The Ospreys cut the lead to three once again, but that was as close as they would get as the Dolphins picked up Warren's first win at JU.

North Florida got 18 points and eight rebounds from Rashad Williams and 12 points from former JU player Riley Didion.

JU returns to the court quickly, continuing its open weekend in A-Sun play on the road at Florida Atlantic on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

NOTES: The announced crowd of 1,548 is 48 more than the listed capacity of Swisher Gymnasium and is a school record for attendance in JU's on-campus facility...Kimbrough just missed a triple-double for the second straight game...Marcus Allen added three blocks on the night, the most for a Dolphin this season...The Dolphins shot 50 percent in a half for the first time this season, hitting 15-of-30 in the second half.