Men's hoops falls on the road to Belmont, 76-62

Dec. 2, 2006

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team wrapped up its Atlantic Sun Conference opening road trip with its second straight close loss, falling to Belmont, 76-62.

Belmont (5-2, 2-0 A-Sun) used a strong inside-outside attack, hitting 12 3-pointers with six players scoring in double figures, led by center Andrew Preston's 14 points.

The Dolphins (3-5, 0-2 A-Sun) lost their third straight despite getting three players in double figures, led by Lehmon Colbert and Jesse Kimbrough with 15 each. Marcus Allen had 14 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds.

"We didn't get out on their 3-point shooters and they made the open shots," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "Our effort is there, we've just got to make some plays when we need them."

Of the Bruins 13 3-pointers, Josh Goodwin, Andy Wicke and Henry Harris each had three, with Goodwin and Harris finishing with 12 each while Wicke added 10.

The Dolphins were able to keep the game close with an outstanding effort rebounding, holding a 46-40 edge on the glass and converting 18 second chance points.

Allen and Ben Smith led the rebounding effort, getting eight each, while Kimbrough had seven to go along with five assists.

Belmont opened the second half quickly, outscoring JU 12-8 in the first four minutes to turn a six-point halftime lead into double figures.

The Dolphins kept it close, cutting the deficit to six a couple of times in the second half but could never get inside that margin as the Bruins kept draining shots when they needed them.

Boomer Herndon came off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Justin Hare added 11.

The Dolphins will take some time off for finals before getting ready for their only home game of December on Dec. 10 against Coastal Carolina. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.