SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2007
Late drought dooms men's hoops at Campbell, 84-74

Jan. 27, 2007

Box Score

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - After battling through the first 36 minutes, a late scoring drought doomed the Jacksonville men's basketball team as Campbell pulled out an 84-74 win at Carter Gym on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

Jonathan Rodriguez scored 19 of his game-high 26 in the second half to lift the Camels (10-10, 5-5 A-Sun), joining teammate Eric Smith, who had 17 of his 21 in the first half.

The loss snaps JU's (10-11, 6-5 A-Sun) three-game winning streak, despite having four players in double figures - led by Jesse Kimbrough, Lehmon Colbert and Tyrone Curnell who all had 14 apiece.

The hustle plays were the difference in the game. Campbell battled the Dolphins height on the boards, out rebounding JU 36-33. The Camels also went 21-of-26 at the free throw line while the Dolphins were just 8-of-16.

"We assumed that since we had a size advantage, that we were going to out rebound them," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We didn't attack the basket in the first half and they did, going to the free throw line 12 times to our three. They just out hustled us tonight."

With Campbell holding a four-point lead four minutes into the second half, JU went on a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 50-42 lead - capped by Jesse Kimbrough's third 3-pointer of the game.

But the Camels answered back, going on a 11-1 run to take a 53-51 lead with 10:34 left in the game. It was at this point that the Camels climbed on Rodriguez back, as he scored 11 of his 19 second half points in the final 10 minutes.

The two teams traded the lead five times in the game, but the final time came via an 8-1 run that turned a tie at 67 into a 74-68 lead with 4:37 left in the game. Rodriguez capped the run with a three-point play to send the crowd rocking.

The Dolphins struggled to mount a comeback, scoring just four points in the last four minutes.

Evan Jefferson hit four 3-pointers off the bench to score 12 for JU. Kimbrough had seven assists to go along with his point total while Marcus Allen led the Dolphins with six rebounds after getting 18 in the first meeting.

Campbell got 13 from Reggie Bishop and 11 from Ledell Eackles as well.

The Camels closed the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 36-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Jacksonville gets a week off before facing UNF at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.