Basketball Wins Overtime Thriller Over Mercer, 88-83

Jan. 24, 2004

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Redshirt freshman Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day hit seven three-pointers and scored a game-high 25 points to lead five Dolphins in double figures as JU overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to beat Mercer, 88-83, in Atlantic Sun action Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The win breaks a six-game losing streak for the Dolphins, who trailed by 11 with 4:07 left in regulation and played with just eight players. Mercer falls to 7-12 overall, 4-6 in A-Sun play with its fourth straight loss.

David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) and Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) each added 15, while Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) scored 14, including four consecutive points in overtime. McBride's putback with 1:47 to play gave the Dolphins an 81-79 lead and then he stole Jacob Skogen's pass and went in for the dunk to extend the JU lead to four. The Dolphins hit 6-of-9 free throws in the extra session as they outscored the Bears, 17-12. The Dolphins shot 52 percent for the game, including 58 percent in the second half and hit 5-of-7 shots in overtime.

Trailing 65-54 with 4:39 to play, JU went on a 12-4 run to pull within one, 69-68, with 58 seconds left. Lee hit a jumper and McBride stole Delmar Wilson's pass and scored in transition. Quaintance then hit back-to-back buckets, including a thunderous alley-oop dunk from Stockton to cut the deficit to 65-62. Stockton took over from there nailing three consecutive three-pointers to tie the game at 71 with 20 seconds remaining in regulation.

JU trailed 57-44 with 10:52 to play, but scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to six. Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) hit back-to-back shots and Lee hit three free throws after being fouled. Mercer pushed the lead back to 11 when Bobby Hansen converted consecutive turnovers in transition with 4:39 to play in regulation. The Bears led 35-33 at the half, but opened the second period on a 7-2 run to take a 42-35 lead. JU cut it to four on two occasions before falling behind by 13.

Skogen paced seven Bears in double figures with 22 points, including 13-of-15 free throws. Andrew Brown and Wesley Duke each added 13 as Mercer shot 54 percent in the second half.

The Dolphins return to action on Tuesday against Stetson at Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.