Early deficit dooms Dolphins again

Jan. 21, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Early deficits have doomed the Jacksonville men's basketball team throughout the season.

The Dolphins (1-16, 1-9 A-Sun) fell by 20 in the first half and were unable to recover in falling to Campbell, 87-75, in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium.

Jacksonville lost its 14th straight game despite four players scoring in double figures, led by Marcus Allen's 18 points in his third career start.

JU also got a great effort from David Fine off the bench. Fine set career highs in points with 11 and rebounds with eight, leading the Dolphins.

Campbell (6-11, 5-5 A-Sun) had five players score in double figures, led by Maurice Latham's 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Camels also got 15 points from Eric Smith and Reggie Bishop.

"We fell behind early and we can't afford to do that," said JU head coach Cliff Warren.

Part of the Dolphins struggle came at the free throw line. JU had its worst-shooting night at the charity stripe, hitting just 10-of-21 (47.6 percent).

Jacksonville was able to somewhat offset that by scoring 40 points in the paint, tying the most points scored by JU in the paint this season. The Dolphins did allow 32 points inside, the most allowed in the past eight games.

JU also got 16 points from Antonio Cool, running his streak of consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to 12 straight. JU also got 12 points and five assists from Aubrey Conerly.

Campbell came out hot early and took it right to JU, opening a 10 point lead in the first nine minutes. The Camels kept the pressure on, pushing the lead to 20, 43-23, with 4:25 left in the first half.

The slow start for the Dolphins is the fourth straight game in which JU has fallen behind by double digits in the first 10 minutes. It is also the 15th time in 17 games that JU has trailed by seven points or more in the first 10 minutes.

The Dolphins did battle back by cutting the lead to 13 at one point and Fine's jumper in the lane with five seconds left sent Jacksonville into locker room down by just 14 in the half, 46-32.

The second half saw Campbell push the lead to 17 early before Jacksonville made a comeback. The Dolphins went on a 12-4 run to cut the deficit to nine, 55-46, with 14 minutes left in the game.

Campbell was able to push the lead back to 15 before the Dolphins rattled off seven straight points in less than a minute to cut the margin to eight, 68-60, on a pair of free throws by Fine.

The Camels were not to be denied, pushing the lead back to 16 via a 9-1 run over the next three minutes to put the game away.

The Dolphins return to the hardwood on Wednesday at cross-town rival North Florida. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.