Three-point barrage by Belmont dooms men's hoops at home

Feb. 22, 2007

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the first time this season, the Jacksonville men's basketball team couldn't find its way at home.

The Dolphins (14-13, 10-7 A-Sun) saw their 11-game winning streak at home snapped as Belmont hit 13 3-pointers to blow past JU, 86-71, in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Thursday night.

Andy Wicke and Boomer Herndon both scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Bruins (19-9, 13-4 A-Sun). Shane Dansby came off the bench for Belmont to get a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jacksonville had just two players score in double figures, with Jesse Kimbrough scoring a team-high 13 points.

"We didn't come out with much intensity and we gave Belmont way too many good looks early," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "You can't do that against a team like Belmont. Now we have to turn around and get ready to come out with a better effort on Saturday."

Wicke had the hot hand for Belmont, hitting five 3-pointers. Four Bruins hit at least two 3-pointers in the game and six hit at least one.

The 13 3-pointers from Belmont is the most allowed by the Dolphins this season, surpassing the 12 hit by three different teams this season. The Bruins hit 10 in the first half to take a 51-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bruins opened that first half red hot, taking a 14-4 lead and never looked back, pushing the lead to as many as 23 in the first half.

And the second half continued along the same lines as Belmont pushed the lead to 28 in the first 10 minutes.

But, to the Dolphins credit, they didn't give up. JU battled back to cut the lead to 16 with four minutes to go and Andrew Zimbro's jumper with eight seconds left made the final margin 15.

Joining Belmont in double figures was Henry Harris, who had 11 points.

There was some good news on Thursday as UNF upset Lipscomb to setup a battle for the No. 3 seed in next week's A-Sun Tournament on Saturday. Tipoff for the JU-Lipscomb game is set for 6 p.m.