Slow Second-Half Costs Basketball in 100-73 Loss To Florida Atlantic

Feb. 10, 2005

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU Sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) posted his eighth double-double of the season with a career-best 27 points and 15 rebounds, but Florida Atlantic's Mike Bell scored 20 points to lead six Owls in double figures in a 100-73 win over the Dolphins Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. JU, which lost for just the third time in the last 11 games, falls to 13-10 overall, 9-7 in the Atlantic Sun. The Dolphins remain in second place behind Gardner-Webb, which improved to 11-5 in league play with a 76-69 win over Troy. Florida Atlantic (8-14, 8-7 A-Sun) shot 62 percent for the game, including 68 percent in the second half when the Owls scored a season-best 62 points.

Florida Atlantic turned 22 Dolphin turnovers into 31 points, including 21 in the second half. JU led 44-38 at the intermission, but committed 13 second-half turnovers and scored a season-low 29 points on 9-of-36 shooting following the break. The Owls used a 23-6 run early in the second half to turn a six-point deficit into a 65-54 lead at the 10:44 mark. The FAU lead swelled to 18 less than two minutes later, but Quaintance scored 10 of JU's next 12 points as the Dolphins cut the deficit to 78-68 with 6:01 to play in the game. That's as close as JU would get.

Kahleaf Watson answered quickly with a driving lay-up down the middle of the lane and then Derrick Simmons converted a Jesse Kimbrough (Mexia, Texas) turnover into a dunk to quickly push the lead back to 14. The Owls closed the game on an 18-5 run. Simmons and Tywain McTyer each scored 14 for Florida Atlantic, which limited JU to 39 percent shooting. Watson finished with 10 points and a game-high five assists.

Senior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) added 14 for the Dolphins, while Kimbrough finished with 10 points and three assists. Quaintance also had three assists and three steals for JU, which shot 55 percent in the first half and led by as much as nine.

It was just the sixth time under head coach Hugh Durham the Dolphins have allowed 100 points.

JU returns to action on Saturday with its final home game of the season as the Dolphins take on UCF at noon at Swisher Gymnasium. The game is being broadcast live by Sun Sports TV with Whit Watson (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color analysis) on the call. The JU women follow with a 2:30 p.m. game vs. Lipscomb.