SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2006
Dolphins fall to #13 Texas A&M, 97-58

Dec. 16, 2006

Box Score

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Jacksonville men's basketball team received a valuable learning experience on Saturday night as they faced a top 25 team for the second time this season.

The Dolphins hustled for the entire 40 minutes, but were outmanned as #13 Texas A&M picked up a 97-58 win at the Reed Center.

In a return to where his collegiate career started as a football player, Jesse Kimbrough led JU (4-6) with a game-high 19 points, going 8-fo-18 from the floor with three rebounds and four assists.

"We kept fighting throughout the game, which is a credit to these guys," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "They are one of the top teams in the country for a reason. When you play the best teams, you have to execute every time, which is something that we're going to work on in the next few days."

The Aggies (9-2) had five players in double figures led by Dominique Kirk's 16 points to go along with five assists. Acie Law had 15 points and six assists, with Antanas Kavaliauskas getting 15 points and seven rebounds.

JU faced one of the top defensive teams in the country and got a lot of good looks at the basket, but were only able to hit 33 percent, with six 3-pointers - two from freshman Derek Duggins.

Despite facing a very physical opponent, JU held its own on the glass as the Aggies held a 46-37 advantage. The Dolphins were able to pick up 20 rebounds on the offensive glass, three of those by Corey Claitt.

The Aggies were able to take advantage of a potent long-range attack, hitting 10 3-pointers, combined with a strong inside game, scoring 40 points in the paint.

The Dolphins return to the hardwood on Tuesday as they face their second Southeastern Conference opponent of the season at Georgia. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., with the game being televised on Comcast Sports Southeast.