FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2006
Dolphins fall in overtime to Mercer, 93-90
Feb. 17, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For Marcus Allen, Friday night saw him go straight from freshman to leader.
The youngster put the Dolphins on his back by scoring 30 points, with 24 coming after halftime, but it wasn't enough as the Jacksonville men's basketball lost in a foul-plagued overtime contest to Mercer, 93-90.
Despite hit 30 points, the Dolphins (1-24, 1-17 A-Sun) dropped their 22nd straight game as Mercer's Andrew Brown scored 35 points, hitting six 3-pointers in the contest.
The key to the game was Mercer racking up 32 fouls on JU while Mercer was whistled for just 21. The Bears took advantage of their free throw opportunities, hitting more free throws (28) than JU attempted in the entire game (23).
"It just wasn't our night tonight," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We had our chances to win in regulation and in overtime, but we just couldn't make that one play that would put us over the top."
Allen led four Dolphins in double figures and led the team with seven rebounds. Antonio Cool added 21 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Evan Jefferson came off the bench with 12 points while Aubrey Conerly scored 10 points and dished out five assists before fouling out.
Mercer (8-16, 6-11 A-Sun) was able to complement Brown's career nigh with double-double efforts from Sam Dolan and Will Emerson. Dolan scored 15 points and pulled down 13 boards while Emerson had 14 points and 10 boards.
But Brown's status as the hero was in doubt late in the game, after JU had rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half. Fouled under the basket with 4.8 seconds left in regulation, Brown missed two free throws with JU getting the rebound.
Allen followed with a 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer, but it bounced off the back of the rim to send the game into an extra period tied at 83.
In overtime, the Dolphins owned the first two minutes, taking an 88-84 lead after a jumper by Cool and a pair of free throws by Allen.
But the Bears answered back, getting a jumper from Dolan to cut the deficit to two and a pair of free throws from Emerson to tie the game at 88 with 1:37 left in the extra session.
Brown then sealed his hero honor for Mercer, draining a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to give Mercer a 91-88 lead with 38 seconds left.
The Dolphins got a basket by Allen with 22 seconds left and fouled Ross Alacqua immediately. Alacqua hit both free throws to put the Bears ahead by three with just 15 seconds left.
JU came back down one last time, but Cool drove to the basket and missed with Allen coming down the rebound as time expired.
The Dolphins trailed by one at halftime after a see-saw first half that JU take a six-point lead early. Mercer finished the half stronger, scoring the last four points to take a 40-39 lead into the intermission.
Jacksonville returns to the court on Sunday to face Stetson. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
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