THURSDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2004
Basketball Downs Georgia State, 78-75, in A-Sun Overtime Thriller

Dec. 2, 2004

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard B.J. Surry (Independence, Mo.) hit a game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation and sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) scored eight of his 13 points in overtime to lead Jacksonville to a 78-75, come-from-behind win over Georgia State in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins improve to 3-1 (1-0 A-Sun) with their second straight win over the Panthers, while Georgia State, the A-Sun preseason favorite, falls to 2-3 overall, 0-1 in league play.

Georgia State took a 70-66 lead at the 4:10 mark in overtime on a pair of free throws from Anthony Witherspoon, but the Dolphins finished the game on a 12-5 run. Quaintance, who played just 24 minutes in regulation, scored six straight points to tie the game at 72 and then fed Mario Brown (Memphis, Tenn.) for a dunk to give JU the lead for good, 74-73, with 1:44 to play. The game featured 11 ties and five lead changes.

JU trailed by seven with 6:02 to play in regulation, but Surry drained a three and Jesse Kimbrough (Mexia, Texas) hit a lay-up in traffic to cap a 9-0 run and give the Dolphins a 63-61 lead with 2:41 to play. Boyd Copeland hit a couple of free throws for Georgia State and Kevin Thomas hit a three to put the Panthers up by three with 23 seconds remaining. JU's Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) missed a desperation three-pointer with three seconds on the clock, but Joey Robinson (Oklahoma City, Okla.) grabbed the offensive board and fed Surry on the right wing for the game-tying shot at the buzzer.

Junior forward Antonio Cool (Chicago Heights, Ill.) had 17 points and six rebounds to lead four Dolphins in double figures, while Kimbrough added 15 and David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) scored 12. Surry hit 3-of-3 from beyond the arc for nine points off the bench as JU shot 52 percent from the field and hit 8-of-17 three-pointers. Robinson had six points, seven rebounds and career-best four blocks to lead a Dolphin defense which limited the Panthers to just 38 percent shooting. JU scored 24 points off 14 Panther turnovers.

Marcus Brown led Georgia State with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Tikoyo Barnett scored 17 and Thomas 11. The Panthers led by as much as 10 in the first half and 35-33 at intermission. JU finally tied the game for the first time on a Lee three-pointer at the 18:52 mark of the second half.