Men's basketball falls to Belmont

Jan. 9, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team gave up an eight-point halftime as Belmont rallied for a 91-78 win in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Monday night.

The Dolphins (1-12, 1-5 A-Sun) saw an eight-point halftime lead evaporate in the second half as Belmont hit 68 percent of its shots in the second half, including six 3-pointers.

"We played a really good first half," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "But we came out in the second half and didn't play as well defensively. We gave Belmont too many good looks and they took advantage."

Belmont (6-7, 4-2 A-Sun) got 22 points from Justin Hare off the bench to lead five Bruins in double figures. Josh Goodwin added 17, with Boomer Herndon coming off the bench with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Andy Wicke scored 12 points while Brian Collins had 11 points and six assists.

Despite dropping their 10th straight game, the Dolphins have some stellar individual performances. Antonio Cool led the team with 18 points while Marcus Allen scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down six rebounds.

Point guard Aubrey Conerly scored 12 points and dished out 11 assists for his third career double-double while walk-on Evan Jefferson chimed in with 10 points, hitting three 3-pointers.

The Dolphins as a team hit 11 3-pointers on the night, the most in any game this season.

The first half saw Belmont take and early six-point lead before Jacksonville rallied to take the lead with five minutes left in the half and push it to 10 before entering the locker room sporting a 46-38 lead.

That first half saw JU hit six 3-pointers while limiting Belmont to just three.

The second half saw Jacksonville hold the lead for the first five minutes before the Bruins took control. Belmont tied the game at 54 with 14:33 left on a 3-pointer by Wicke.

The Dolphins were able to keep it close, cutting Belmont's six-point lead back to one on a 3- pointer by Cool with 10:05 left in the game.

But the Bruins answer back, going on a 12- 0 run, capped by a jumper by Hare, to take a 74-61 lead with 6:50 left in the game.

The Dolphins got as close as 10 on a basket by Ljubisa Vrcelj with just under four minutes left in the game, but Belmont was ale to cruise over the final few minutes for the win.

Jacksonville returns to action on Saturday at East Tennessee State. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.