Men's basketball falls at Coastal Carolina, 81-66

Dec. 11, 2005

Final Stats

CONWAY, S.C. - Another slow start doomed the Jacksonville men's basketball team as the Dolphins fell on the road to Coastal Carolina, 81-66.

Coastal Carolina (2-3) was led by the duo of Jack Leasure and Pele Paelay. Lesure scored a game-high 25 points and dished out nine assists while Paelay added 23 points and six rebounds.

The Chanticleers hit eight 3-pointers for the game, led by Leasure's four. Coastal also took advantage of the Dolphins' 22 turnovers, convering them into 31 points. Coastal also outscored JU 36-26 in the paint.

The Dolphins have trailed by 10 or more in the first nine minutes of every game so far this season.

"I was disappointed with our effort tonight," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "That game is not how Jacksonville basketball is supposed to be played."

Aubrey Conerly led the Dolphins (1-4) with 21 points and six assists. Marcus Allen came off the bench and picked up his first double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

The Dolphins shot the ball well, hitting 43.4 percent of their shots (23-of-53) but only hit four 3-pointers.

Coastal Carolina took the lead early, opening a 20-9 lead less than nine minutes into the game. The Chants pushed the lead to as much as 16 before Bryan Hipsher's 3-pointer with six seconds left in the half cut the lead to 13, 44-31 at the intermission.

The Dolphins came out with another slow start in the second half. Coastal opened up a 25 points lead, 65-40, just over seven minutes into the second half.

Jacksonville made a last ditch run late, going on a 14-0 run to cut the lead to 11 with 1:37 left. Coastal stopped the bleeding to seal its second win of the year by scoring the last four points.

The Dolphins return home and start preparing for a trip to Georgia Southern on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.