SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2005
Basketball Wins Overtime Thriller Over UCF, 83-82, In Final Home Game
Feb. 12, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU junior point guard Jesse Kimbrough (Mexia, Texas) led five Dolphins in double figures with 18 points, including a game-winning free throw with 3.2 seconds to play in overtime as JU hung on to defeat UCF, 83-82, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium in the Dolphins' final home game of the season. The win pushes JU (14-10, 10-7) back into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference and breaks a four-game losing streak against the Golden Knights, who forced the extra session with a full-court lay-up with less than a second to play in regulation. UCF falls to 16-8 overall, 9-7 in the A-Sun.
UCF's Anthony Williams, who finished with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds, tipped-in a Joshua Peppers miss in the lane to tie the game at 82-82 with 11 seconds to play in overtime. Kimbrough drove the lane and was fouled on a shot attempt in traffic. He hit just 1-of-2 free throws, but Peppers' last-second three-point attempt missed at the buzzer. The game featured 15 ties and 20 lead changes.
Kimbrough added a career-best eight rebounds as the two teams each grabbed 33 boards. Senior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) also scored 18 points for JU, while sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) had 15 points and seven rebounds. Dolphin guard B.J. Surry (Independence, Mo.) came off the bench to score 12 points in just 13 minutes, while Aubrey Conerly (Calumet, Ill.) added 10 as JU outscored the Golden Knights, 26-5, in bench points. The Dolphins shot 57 percent from the field, including 8-of-16 three-pointers, but hit just 17-of-32 from the line, including 4-of-11 in overtime.
Junior forward Mario Brown (Memphis, Tenn.) gave JU a defensive spark off the bench with a career-best six blocks as the Dolphins limited UCF to just 6-of-23 shooting outside the arc. The Golden Knights hit 18-of-20 free throws, including 11-of-11 by Williams.
The Dolphins stretched a one-point halftime lead to 69-60 on a Surry three-pointer at the 4:44 mark of the second half, but Peppers sparked a 10-1 UCF run with seven points and tied the game at 70-70 on a driving lay-up with 38 seconds left in regulation. JU regained the lead, 72-70, when freshman walk-on Brad Larson (Orlando, Fla.) hit a reverse lay-up with six seconds to play, but Justin Rose drove the ball the length of the court and tied the game with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
JU will play its final three regular-season games on the road beginning at Troy on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be featured as the A-Sun Game of the Week on CSS-TV with Barry Milligan and Sonny Smith on the call.
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