Men's basketball falls to Stetson, 81-66

Feb. 19, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the Jacksonville men's basketball team, Sunday seemed like déjà vu all over again.

Stetson finished the game on a 23-3 run over the last nine minutes to hand the Dolphins their 23rd straight loss, 81-66.

E.J. Gordon led Stetson (11-17, 9-9 A-Sun) with 19 points and eight rebounds while Karl Hollingsworth added 17 points.

Jacksonville (1-25, 1-18 A-Sun) was led for the second straight game by freshman Marcus Allen. Allen scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds, including 9-for-10 from the free throw line.

"We have put a lot of weight on Marcus's shoulders," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "He has a lot of confidence and has accepted the scoring responsibility if nobody else wants to shoot. He just needs to work on being better defensively."

After an impressive first half that saw JU take a 44-36 lead into the locker room, the Dolphins struggled shooting in the second half, hitting just 7-of-31 and scoring just 22 points.

"Aubrey (Conerly), David (Fine) and Joseph (Newman) did a good job of penetrating and kicking against their zone," Warren said. "In the second half, we got a little stagnant with the ball and that made their defense more effective."

Sporting the eight point lead in the second half, Stetson quickly erased it in the first six minutes, tying the game at 52 on a pair of free throws by Anthony Register.

The Dolphins were able to break a tie at 58 on five straight points by Antonio Cool to take a 63-58 with just 9:04 left in the game.

But that would be the best shot for the Dolphins. Stetson went on a 23-3 run over the final nine minutes, with JU's last field goal coming on a tip-in by Allen with 7:41 left in the game.

Stetson's run was keyed by Gordon. Gordon opened the run with 10 of the first 12 points, turning a five-point deficit into a six point lead, 71-65, with 5:02 left in the game.

Jacksonville's last point came on a free throw by Evan Jefferson with 1:06 left in the game.

The Dolphins got 13 points apiece from Antonio Cool and Evan Jefferson with 10 points and seven assists from Aubrey Conerly.

Stetson got 12 points Garfield Blair off the bench and 11 points from Gabe McMillan.

Jacksonville wraps up its season on Saturday with Senior Day as the Dolphins face Florida Atlantic. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.