TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2003
Dolphins Come From Behind To Beat Savannah State, 65-60
Dec. 22, 2003
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Junior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) scored a game-high 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the short-handed Dolphins used a late surge to post a 65-60, come-from-behind win over Savannah State at Tiger Arena. JU (4-3), playing with just eight players, erased a 12-point second-half deficit by outscoring the Tigers 38-21 over the final 12 minutes of the game for their eighth straight win over Savannah State.
Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while grabbing a career-best nine rebounds as the Dolphins shot a season-high 68 percent (16-24) in the second half. Freshman Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) added 11 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, while senior forward Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) had 10 points, six boards, four assists, four blocks and three steals in 39 minutes of action. JU handed out 16 assists on 22 baskets and connected on 6-of-14 three-pointers.
JU trailed 27-21 at the break after shooting just 24 percent in the first half. An alley-oop dunk by Quaintance to start the second half cut the Tiger lead to four, but Savannah State quickly extended the lead to double digits and led 39-27 at the 12:06 mark following a bucket by Jamal Daniels. The Dolphins responded with three straight three-pointers to pull within three with 9:24 to play. Lee nailed a three in transition and then Stockton sank a three-pointer from the corner. After a pair of missed free throws by Stockton, Quaintance grabbed the offensive board and kicked it out to Lee, who nailed another trey to cut the Tiger lead to 39-36.
A pair of Lee free throws at the 4:35 mark tied the game at 48 and then Riley Didion (Cambridge, Wis.) gave the Dolphins the lead for good when he converted a three-point play going to the basket. Lee followed with five straight points to extend JU's lead to 56-50. The Dolphins hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Jasmin Lowe paced Savannah State with 19 points and seven rebounds as the Tigers outrebounded the undermanned Dolphins, 43-37. JU limited Savannah St. to just 5-of-21 shooting from outside the arc and forced 19 turnovers. The Dolphins played without starting center Jure Lozancic (Omis, Croatia), who was home in Croatia, and reserve guard Woury Diallo (Dakar, Senegal), who is having problems with his visa.
The Dolphins return to action on Monday, Dec. 29 against Tennessee Tech (5-4) at 7 p.m. at historic Swisher Gymnasium.
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