Dolphins fall to rival North Florida in SunTrust River City Rumble

Jan. 25, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Early runs in the first half have plagued the Jacksonville men's basketball team all season, especially in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

On Wednesday night at UNF Arena, an early to start the second half put the Dolphins in a hole they couldn't climb out of as they dropped their 15th straight, falling to North Florida 90-78 in the SunTrust River City Rumble in front of a record crowd of 3,013.

Aubrey Conerly scored a game-high 30 points and dished out eight assists, hitting 11-of-16 from the floor, including two 3-pointers. Antonio Cool added 19 points as well for the Dolphins.

UNF (5-13, 2-9 A-Sun) was led by the duo of Ryan Daugherty and Alain Laroche. Daughtery scored 28 points while Laroche had 23, going 14-for-14 from the free throw line.

"They did a good job defending us and we got tentative on offense," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "Aubrey did a good job of attacking the basket, but it was too little too late. If the other players had been attacking the basket, it could have been closer."

JU (1-17, 1-10 A-Sun) hit 50.8 percent of its shots during the game for just the third time this season, going 30-of-59 from the floor. The downfall for the Dolphins came at the free throw line as UNF hit 32-of-37 from the stripe while the Dolphins went to the line just 17 times.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw JU lead early, but UNF took the lead midway through and held off several runs by the Dolphins to take a 41-36 lead into the locker room.

Jacksonville cut the lead to four to start the second half, but North Florida pushed the lead to 20 courtesy of a 22-6 run, capped by a Laroche 3-pointer, to hold a 65-45 advantage with 11:47 left in the game.

The Dolphins cut the lead to 10 with 2:38 left in the game on a layup by Mario Brown, but would not get any closer as the Ospreys held on for their first-ever win against JU.

Brown added 10 points for JU and his five rebounds tied Bryan Hipsher for the lead for the Dolphins.

UNF also got 17 points from Rashad Williams and 14 from Chris Timberlake.

Jacksonville continues its road swing to start the second half of A-Sun play at Garnder-Webb on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.