Men's basketball falls to Georgia, 93-77

Dec. 19, 2006

Box Score

ATHENS, Ga. - For the first 14 minutes of the game, the Jacksonville men's basketball team had taken Georgia out of its game.

Over the final six minutes of the first half and the first two of the second, the Bulldogs went on a 29-2 run to turn a 12 point lead into a 21 point deficit as Georgia held off a second half rally for a 93-77 win.

The Bulldogs (8-1) had four players in double figures, led by Levi Stukes game-high 27 points, courtesy of seven 3-pointers. Mike Mercer added 21 points to go along with 11 assists and eight rebounds.

The Dolphins (4-7) got 18 points from Lehmon Colbert in the return to his home state. The Roberta, Ga., native thrilled a cheering section of 50 people that came to the game by hitting 7-of-14 from the floor. Tyrone Curnell came off the bench to get 15 points for JU.

"We did a good job of executing in the first half, but we didn't do a good job in transition and they took advantage," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "There are a lot of positives that we can take out of this game as we take some time off for the holidays and get ready for conference play."

JU opened the game on fire, going on top 10-7 just four minutes in and eventually pushed the lead to 12, 28-16 with just six minutes remaining in the half.

Foul trouble did the Dolphins in late in the half as Jesse Kimbrough, Marcus Allen and Ben Smith all got two fouls and forced Warren to run players in and out on every possession to avoid picking up another foul.

Georgia was able to take advantage of the Dolphins lack of consistency, outscoring JU 32-7 over the final nine minutes to take a 48-35 lead at the intermission.

The Bulldogs picked right up where they left off in the second half, scoring the first eight points of the half to push the lead to 21, 58-35.

JU slowly battled back, cutting the lead to nine, 73-64, on a pair of free throws by Derek Duggins with 9:18 left in the game.

That would be as close as the Dolphins would get, as the Bulldogs quickly pushed the lead back to 15 in the next two minutes and cruised to the win.

Aiding the Bulldogs offensive effort was Terrance Woodbury and Takais Brown off the bench. Woodbury had 15 points with Brown getting 12.

The Dolphins got five assists and seven points from Jesse Kimbrough, despite playing just 30 minutes due to foul problems. Marcus Allen recorded a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with five points.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Dec. 29 as they wrap up their tour of the SEC East division at South Carolina, which will air tape delayed on Comcast Sports Southeast.