Basketball Can't Hold On Against Belmont In 73-63 Loss

Feb. 21, 2004

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) posted his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, but Belmont used a 12-0 run late in the second half to break a tie game and beat the Dolphins, 73-63, Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins fall to 13-13 overall, 8-11 in A-Sun play after losing at home for the first time in six games. Belmont, which has won 15 of its last 19 road games in conference play, improved to 19-6 overall, 14-4 in the A-Sun.

David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 17 points and Jure Lozancic (Omis, Croatia) scored 12, but fouled out on a charge with 6:05 to play and the Dolphins trailing, 60-58. Starting forward Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) also fouled out with 7:33 remaining in the game leaving JU with just six players.

The Bruins took advantage of the short-handed Dolphins by limiting JU to just two points the next 5:19 to open up a 73-60 lead. Nick Otis hit a three and Brian Collins scored on a put-back to stretch the lead to seven. Adam Mark added a bucket and Josh Goodwin nailed a three to give Belmont a 70-60 lead with 2:52 to play. Quaintance broke the drought with a dunk in transition, but Collins nailed another three to give the Bruins their largest lead at 73-60. Collins led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while Jese Snyder added 11, despite shooting 3-of-11 from the field.

The Dolphins limited Mark, the A-Sun's leading scorer, to just eight points, while forcing the Bruins into 16 turnovers and just 8-of-26 shooting from outside the arc. JU led by as much as five and trailed by as much as six in the first half before tying the game at 32 on a Lozancic dunk just before the half. The Dolphins opened up a 53-48 lead with 11:11 remaining, but Belmont tied the game at 55 on a fast break lay-up by Collins following a Quaintance turnover.

JU will play its final regular-season game on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. against first-place Troy State (19-5, 15-2 A-Sun) at Swisher Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live by Comcast Sports Southeast as the Atlantic Sun Game of the Week.