SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2006
Dolphins drop season finale to Florida Atlantic
Feb. 25, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida Atlantic used a flurry of 3-pointers and transition baskets to end the Jacksonville men's basketball team's season with an 85-76 win at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
Florida Atlantic (15-12, 14-6 A-Sun) hit the Dolphins early with seven 3-pointers in the first half as well as 51 percent of their shots from the floor in taking a 17-point lead into intermission that they would not relinquish.
Despite the result, Jacksonville (1-26, 1-19 A-Sun) fans got a glimpse of the future with the play of freshman Marcus Allen. A nominee for the A-Sun all-freshman team, Allen led the Dolphins with 21 points and five rebounds in the contest.
Allen also led the Dolphins comeback in the second half, as JU out scored FAU, 46-38. He finished the season leading the Dolphins in scoring in each of the last three games, scoring more than 20 points in each.
"This team did everything that I asked them to do this season," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "I appreciate everything our seniors have done and want them now to focus on finishing their education. Our focus, as a coaching staff, is now to go get some more players and build our program."
For the three seniors that player their final game in a JU uniform, each one contributed in their own special way. Matt Kampfe opened the game with a 3-pointer and scored seven points. Antonio Cool scored 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers, while dishing out three assists while Aubrey Conerly scored 19 points, pulled down six boards and had four assists to move into 10th place on the school's all-time assist list.
Conerly finishes the season with 163 assists, the fourth highest single-season total in school history.
FAU had four players score in double figures, led by 20 points from Rodney Webb. Fred Marshall pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Owls as well.
The Owls also took advantage of 17 JU turnovers, converting them into 25 points.
Sporting a four point lead five minutes into the game, FAU blew the game wide open with a 21-6 run to take a 33-14 lead with just under nine minutes left in the first half.
JU was able to cut the margin to 13 at one point in the half, but trailed 47-30 at the intermission.
The Dolphins weren't able to make significant dent in the lead until 10-2 run, capped by a Cool 3-pointer, cut the FAU lead to nine, 75-66, with 4:09 left in the game.
Jacksonville was able to get within six on a 3-point play by Marcus Allen, but couldn't string together some stops late as FAU held on for the win.
The Dolphins, who signed two players in the fall, finish their season with a school-record 24-game losing streak, which is the longest in the country.
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