FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2003
Basketball Breezes Past Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in Opener, 88-47
Nov. 21, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 15 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and handed out eight assists, while junior guard Woury Diallo (Dakar, Senegal) came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points as Jacksonville breezed to an 88-47 win over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Friday night in the season opener at Swisher Gymnasium. It was the seventh straight season-opening win for the Dolphins, who are the most inexperienced team in Division I with just three returning players. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez fell to 0-6 on the season with its sixth game in seven days.
Redshirt freshman forward Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) came off the bench to add a career-best 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting as the Dolphins shot 54 percent for the game, while limiting the Tarzans to just 16-of-64 shooting. JU had 24 assists on 34 baskets and outrebounded UPR-Mayaguez, 52-29.
JU sprinted out to a 42-21 halftime lead by dominating the paint with 24 points inside, while limiting the Tarzans to just six first-half buckets. The Dolphins went on a 14-2 run midway through the first half to stretch a five-point lead to 31-14 at the 8:01 mark. Diallo sparked the run with seven straight points, including two lay-ups in transition and a three-pointer to push the lead to 10. Sophomore guard Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) added back-to-back jumpers and a three, and Quaintance scored on a put-back off one of his six offensive rebounds, and the rout was on.
After UPR-Mayaguez went on an 11-8 run to open the second half to pull within 50-32, the Dolphins answered with a 21-2 run over the next four minutes by forcing six turnovers and led 71-34 with 9:06 to play. The JU lead never dipped below 30 the final 11 minutes of the game. The Dolphins, who won for the seventh consecutive time at home dating back to last season, now hit the road to take on UNC-Wilmington on Monday at 7 p.m., followed by a game at Arkansas on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2:05 p.m. in Little Rock.
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