THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2004
Basketball Drops Buzzer Beater To Stetson, 66-64
Jan. 14, 2004
DeLAND, Fla. - Aubrey Conerly's (Calumett, Ill.) six-foot leaner felt short at the buzzer as Stetson hung on for a 66-64 win over Jacksonville in a tightly-contested Atlantic Sun game at the Edmunds Center Wednesday evening. Conerly, who was one of four Dolphins in double figures with 13 points, went the length of the court following a missed free throw by Anthony Register. There were six ties and three lead changes in the final 12 minutes of the game. It was the third straight loss for JU (6-7, 1-5 A-Sun), while Stetson (4-8, 2-4 A-Sun) won its second straight after ending an eight-game losing streak.
David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 13 points and Jure Lozancic (Omis, Croatia) had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Dolphins, who shot 50 percent for the game and hit eight three-pointers. JU limited Stetson to just 37 percent shooting from the floor, but the Hatters forced 21 turnovers and pulled down 22 offensive rebounds.
After erasing an early nine-point deficit in the second half, Stetson took its largest lead of the game, 64-58, on a Borislav Djordjic jumper with 2:40 to play. Riley Didion (Cambridge, Wis.), who hit 4-of-4 shots for 10 points off the bench, answered with a jumper and a fast break layup to cut the deficit to two. E.J. Gordon hit 1-of-2 from the line to push the lead back to three, but Lozancic scored on the baseline with 12 seconds to play to bring the Dolphins within 65-64. Register hit 1-of-2 free throws, setting up the final play with 7.2 seconds left. Didion and Lozancic combined to score 17 of JU's final 20 points.
JU led for the first 29 minutes of the game, including a 37-28 advantage following a Lee three-pointer with 17:34 to play. Stetson answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two and the game would remain close the final 16 minutes. The teams combined for 43 fouls and 50 free throws, despite playing just eight players each.
JU will remain on the road to play Campbell on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Buies Creek, N.C., before traveling to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Gardner-Webb on Monday at 8:15 p.m. Both games can be heard live on Gospel 1400 AM, The Light, with Cole Pepper calling the action.
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