Basketball Downs First-Place Gardner-Webb, 69-58

Jan. 31, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior shooting guard B.J. Surry (Independence, Mo.) led five Dolphins in double figures with 16 points in just 22 minutes as JU downed first-place Gardner-Webb, 69-68, Monday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins won for the seventh time in eight games to move into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference, just a half-game back of the Bulldogs. JU (12-8, 8-5 A-Sun) handed Gardner-Webb (11-8, 8-4 A-Sun) its second straight loss, while improving to 9-1 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points.

The Dolphins limited Gardner-Webb to just 30.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 7-of-26 from three-point range, and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 44-32. The Dolphins trailed 17-15 with 7:57 to play in the first half, but Surry hit three consecutive three-pointers to spark a JU rally. Junior forward Antonio Cool (Chicago Heights, Ill.) nailed a three-pointer to cap a 14-4 run as the Dolphins took a 41-25 halftime lead. JU never looked back, leading by double digits the entire second half. The Dolphins avenged an 81-53 loss to GWU just nine days ago when the Bulldogs scored 52 second-half points for the lopsided victory.

Cool added 15 points for JU, while sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) posted his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Junior point guard Jesse Kimbrough (Mexia, Texas) directed the JU attack with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, while junior guard Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) came off the bench to add 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Chris Gash led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Brian Bender added 10 points. Bender scored 33 in the first meeting between the two teams. The Dolphins forced 20 turnovers and had 11 steals for the second straight game. Junior center Mario Brown (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to match a career high with four of JU's eight blocks, while starting center Ljubisa Vrcelj (Windsor, Ontario) had nine boards in just 21 minutes.

The Dolphins will now hit the road for five of their final seven regular-season games starting with Lipscomb on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 9:15 p.m. in Nashville.