Basketball Wins Second Straight With 72-51 Victory Over Nova Southeastern

Dec. 13, 2003

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots, while freshman center Ljubisa Vrcelj (Windsor, Ontario) came off the bench to score a career-best 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Jacksonville defeated Nova Southeastern, 72-51, Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins improve to 3-2 overall with their ninth consecutive home win as they prepare to open Atlantic Sun Conference play Wednesday at defending champion Troy State.

Senior forward Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) added 11 points and five boards as the Dolphins limited Nova Southeastern (3-4) to just 18-of-50 shooting and forced 22 turnovers. JU used a 26-4 run midway through the second half to open up a 22-point lead after falling behind, 30-28, at the 19:21 mark. The Dolphins tied the game at 30 on a monstrous breakaway dunk by Quaintance. Abrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) and Woury Diallo (Dakar, Senegal) each hit 3-pointers during the run, while Vrcelj scored eight points on four of his seven offensive rebounds.

JU jumped out to a 16-6 lead to start the game thanks to eight quick points by Quaintance. The Knights answered with a 17-6 run to take a 23-22 lead when Calvin Jenkins, Jr. hit a pair of free throws at the 3:21 mark of the first half. Jenkins, who finished with a team-high 13 points, including the final seven points of the first half for Nova Southeastern, hit a layup to tie the game at 28 heading to the break. Jeff Ardizon came off the bench for the Knights to grab a game-high 14 rebounds.

With two starters saddled with foul trouble, the JU bench accounted for 30 points and 18 rebounds. Diallo scored seven points in 14 minutes, while Riley Didion (Cambridge, Wis.) added eight points in 16 minutes on 3-of-3 shooting. The two teams combined for 42 fouls and 54 free throws.