THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005
Furious Dolphin rally falls short to Georgia Southern

Dec. 29, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Antonio Cool scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, leading a furious comeback from a 17-point deficit that came up short as the Jacksonville men's basketball team fell to Georgia Southern on Thursday night, 84-79.

Cool hit 9-of-17 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, while pulling down five rebounds leading four Dolphins in double figures. Mario Brown scored a season-high 14 points while Aubrey Conerly chipped in with 13.

Marcus Allen picked up his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards off the bench.

"We had our chances tonight, but we've got to take better care of the basketball," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We're going to keep working each day at getting better and improving on our mistakes."

Turnovers were costly for the Dolphins, as JU gave the ball away 27 times and Georgia Southern converted that into 30 points. The Eagles also won the other hustle stats - 21 second chance points on 17 offensive rebounds and 44 points in the paint.

Jacksonville did out rebound the Eagles, 43-35, but only scored nine points on 10 offensive rebounds.

"We didn't do a good job of boxing out and Georgia Southern took advantage," Warren said.

The Dolphins (1-8) dropped their sixth straight game, but not without a fight.

After Georgia Southern (8-4) went on a 15-7 run midway in the second half to push the lead to 17 with 8:14 left in the game.

Then something clicked for the Dolphins.

Jacksonville got back into the game by going on a 18-3 run, courtesy of three 3-pointers by Cool and another by Allen to cut the lead to, 74-72, with just 3:42 left in the game.

Over the final three minutes, the Dolphins had their chances to tie the game and take the lead but were never able to get within two.

Georgia Southern went to its go to guy, Elton Nesbitt, who scored six of the Eagles final eight points. The Eagles defense also forced the Dolphins offense into tough shots, as JU was just 1-of-3 shooting and turned the ball over four times in that same period.

Georgia Southern was led by Nesbitt's 24 points and three assists. The Eagles got 16 from Donte Gennie, 12 from Louis Graham and 10 points from Sean Olivier. Graham led the Eagles with 10 rebounds.

The Dolphins resume Atlantic Sun Conference play on Monday at Mercer. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in Macon, Ga.