SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2005
Basketball Can't Solve Troy's Three-Pointers in 85-73 Loss

Feb. 18, 2005

Box Score

TROY, Ala. - JU sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for his ninth double-double of the season, but the Dolphins squandered a 16-point first-half lead in an 85-73 loss to Troy Friday night in a critical Atlantic Sun Conference match-up at the Trojan Arena. JU (14-11, 10-8 A-Sun) could have secured a spot in the A-Sun Championship and pulled within a game and a half of first-place Gardner Webb with a win, but the Dolphins could not solve Troy's (11-15, 9-8 A-Sun) three-point attack and loss their seventh straight to the Trojans.

JU played some of its best basketball of the season to open the game and built a 34-18 lead with 7:40 to play in the first half. The Trojans responded with a 19-3 run and held the Dolphins without a field goal for 6:07. Jacob Hazouri hit four of Troy's five three-pointers during the stretch as the Trojans closed the half on a 19-2 surge and led 46-41 at intermission. Troy pulled away early in the second half with a 20-4 run and led 78-54 with 8:16 to play. Quaintance sparked a 15-0 JU run with eight points and three blocks as the Dolphins got within nine with 1:35 to remaining in the game.

Senior guard David Lee added 16 points and six rebounds for JU, while junior B.J. Surry came off the bench to score 14 points, including four three-pointers. The Dolphins out-rebounded the Trojans, 41-36, but committed 20 turnovers and allowed Troy to hit 14 three-pointers. Corey Hornsby scored 20 to lead six Trojans in double figures. Hazouri added 18, all on three-pointers, while Jarvis Acker came off the bench to score 12 on 6-of-6 shooting.

The Dolphins hit just 2-of-9 three's in the second half and struggled to stop Troy's dribble penetration as the Trojans scored 20 of their 34 points in the paint after halftime.

JU concludes its regular-season schedule with road games at Georgia State on Friday at 6 p.m. and Mercer on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Dolphins are looking to clinch a spot in the eight-team A-Sun Championship for the seventh consecutive season. JU is currently tied for fourth with Georgia State in the league standings.