Late run life Kennesaw State past JU, 80-76

Feb. 5, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the Jacksonville men's basketball team, Saturday was another trip to Heartbreak Hotel.

The Dolphins saw a three-point lead evaporate over the final five minutes as Kennesaw State used a 10-4 run over a three minute span late in the game to hand Jacksonville its 19th straight loss, 80-76.

Andre Morgan led KSU (12-12, 10-5 A-Sun) with 28 points and five assists before fouling out. Ronnell Wooten added 19 points and nine rebounds, including five 3-pointers. Brent Ragsdale added 18 points and 10 boards for the Owls.

"We have every opportunity late to score, to rebound and to win the game," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We didn't rebound well and we didn't take advantage of our opportunities when we had them."

The Dolphins (1-21, 1-14 A-Sun) got 22 points from Antonio Cool, while Mario Brown added a career-high 18 points.

Kennesaw State held a 40-34 advantage on the boards, with 22 of those coming on the offensive end. KSU was able to convert those in 17 points. That offset Jacksonville's strong defensive effort, holding the Owls to just 35.8 percent shooting and only eight 3-pointers.

Jacksonville was able to control the paint, racking up 38 points, led by Brown's and Allen's strong effort inside.

The Dolphins had their chances throughout the game. After taking a four-point lead into the locker room at the half, Jacksonville saw that lead blow away as the Owls opened the second half on a 7-0 run.

The see-saw affair saw 13 lead changes and seven times, most in the second half. Cool tied the game for the last time at 63 on a dunk with 3:54 left in the game.

Over the next two and a half minutes, the Owls out scored JU 10-4 to take their largest lead of the game, 73-67, with all 10 points courtesy of Morgan.

The Dolphins did have their chances down the stretch, especially at the free throw line. But Jacksonville was just 3-of-6 at the stripe over the final two minutes, with Cool going 2-for-4.

After falling behind by six, the Dolphins cut the deficit to two, 78-76, on a dunk by Brown with four seconds left. KSU iced the game with two free throws by Israel Ingle with two seconds left.

Evan Jefferson came off the bench with 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers, while Marcus Allen scored 13 points and had a team-high eight rebounds. Aubrey Conerly dished out 10 assists and had four rebounds, but failed to score.

Jacksonville returns to the court again on Thursday at Belmont. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.