SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2004
Basketball Falls to First-Place UCF, 63-51
Jan. 11, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior center Jure Lozancic (Omis, Croatia) led three Dolphins in double figures with 13 points, but UCF limited JU to a season-low 51 points in a 63-51 win at Swisher Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. The Golden Knights (11-2, 6-0 A-Sun) extended their school-record win streak to 10 games with their first win in Jacksonville since 2000, while the Dolphins fell to 6-6 overall, 1-4 in the A-Sun with their second straight loss.
Freshman forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, while junior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) scored 10, despite shooting 2-of-14 from the field. The Dolphins shot a season-low 34 percent against the A-Sun's top-rated defense, including 4-of-15 from outside the arc. UCF shot just 41 percent, but hit six three-pointers and outscored JU, 32-22, in the paint. Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) had a game-high eight rebounds for the Dolphins.
A Lozancic three-pointer with 15:44 to play cut UCF's 11-point halftime lead to 39-34, but the Golden Knights answered with a 9-1 run and Avant's layup at the 12:16 mark extended the lead to 48-34. The UCF lead grew to as much as 15, but Stockton, Lozancic and Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) hit consecutive three-pointers to fuel a 10-0 run and bring the Dolphins back within five, 54-49, with 2:46 to play. Rob Ross came off the bench to hit a three for UCF and Roberto Morentin scored in the paint to quickly push the lead back to 10.
JU trailed 19-18 at the 8:37 mark of the first half when Lee went to the bench after picking up his second foul. With Lee, Quaintance and Lozancic on the bench with foul trouble, UCF went on a 10-0 run and led 34-23 at the half. The teams combined for 20 fouls and 18 free throws in the first half.
Morentin scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Golden Knights, while Marcus Avant added 12 points as 10-of-11 UCF players scored in the game. Both teams grabbed 35 rebounds, but UCF committed just 10 turnovers while scoring 11 points off 15 JU miscues. The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Stetson at 7 p.m. in the first of three straight road games.
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