Men's hoops fall at Belmont, 83-65

Feb. 9, 2006

Final Stats

NASHVILE, Tenn. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team saw its hopes for a shot at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament dashed as Belmont hit 11 3-pointers in an 83-65 win on Thursday night at the Curb Events Center.

Belmont (13-9, 11-4 A-Sun) had three players score in double figures, led by Matthew Dotson's 12 points off the bench. Josh Goodwin added 11 and Brian Collins had 10 with four assists.

The Dolphins (1-22, 1-15 A-Sun) got a big night from Aubrey Conerly in their 20th straight loss. The senior point guard scored 19 points and dished out seven assists. He also hit five 3-pointers in the game, the first Dolphin to do that since David Lee hit six against Florida Atlantic on Jan. 11, 2005.

Marcus Allen chipped in with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds for JU. Antonio Cool saw his streak of scoring in double figures end at 19 after being held to just eight points.

"You have to give credit to Belmont because they took advantage of our mistakes in the first half," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We didn't defend their perimeter very well and that hurt us."

Belmont took control of the game in the first half, using a strong inside-outside game. The Bruins hit six 3-pointers in the first half and shot 50 percent from the floor in taking a 44-28 lead into the intermission.

The Bruins sealed the game in the first six minutes of the second half, out scoring JU 18-4 during that stretch to push the lead to 31.

Jacksonville got as close as 18 in the second half, but was never able to make a significant dent in the lead again.

Matt Kampfe got his second career start for JU and responded with a career-high nine points.

Jacksonville hit 10 3-pointers as a team, but turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 37 percent from the floor in the game.

The Dolphins wrap up their road schedule on Saturday at Lipscomb. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. (EST).