Solid effort by Dolphins falls short against Georgia Tech

Dec. 22, 2005

Final Stats

ATLANTA - For JU head men's basketball coach Cliff Warren, Thursday night saw his past meeting his present.

His first Dolphins' (1-7) team had one of their strongest efforts so far, holding a five-point lead midway through the first half, before falling to Georgia Tech on the road, 92-67.

Georgia Tech (5-3) got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Jeremis Smith and 16 points from Anthony Morrow leading five Yellow Jackets in double figures.

Antonio Cool led the Dolphins with a game-high 22 points, tying his career high. Cool hit his stride from outside, knocking down 4-of-5 from 3-point land.

"Everything about this trip was fun except the game," Warren said. "It was great to see a lot of people that I know and to see my family. I was pleased with how we answered back with a run in the first half after they made a run. In the second half, they would go on a run and we didn't match it."

Joining Cool in double figures for JU was Marcus Allen, who set a new career high in scoring with 15. Aubrey Conerly scored 10 points and dished out six assists as well.

Jacksonville wrapped up its five-game road trip with one of its best shooting nights of the year. The Dolphins hit a season-high 10 3-pointers, led by Cool's four, and shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the floor in the second half.

The most telling number again was inside play. The Dolphins were outscored in the paint 40-14 and were beaten on the glass, 42-31. On top of that, Tech was able to convert 18 offensive rebounds into 23 second chance points.

"Our effort was good tonight, but we only executed in spurts." Warren said. "We've got to learn how to keep it going for the entire 40 minutes of a game to be successful."

The game started out as Warren wanted it, with the Dolphins setting the tempo and executing. For the first time this season, Jacksonville did not fall behind in the opening 10 minutes. Instead, the Dolphins held a 17-12 lead after Cool's first 3-pointer of the night.

The Dolphins continued to battle with Tech throughout the first half until a 16-2 run late gave the Jackets a 41-30 lead at the halftime break.

Jacksonville held its own for a good part of the second half, cutting the lead to nine once early in the half. The Jackets got hot behind the arc late, with Morrow hitting three straight 3-pointers for the final surge, 92-67.

With their five-game trip around the Southeast over, the Dolphins return home to Swisher Gymnasium for a rematch with Georgia Southern on Dec. 29. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., immediately following the women's basketball team's game against Bethune-Cookman.