JOHNSON CITY (Feb. 13, 2012) – Shooting just 50 percent from the foul line and looking on as Jacksonville’s Aloys Cabell scored a game-high 26 points, the ETSU men’s basketball team fell to the Dolphins 61-55 in Atlantic Sun Conference play Monday evening at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
With the loss, the Buccaneers dropped to 13-12 overall, 7-7 in A-Sun action. Meanwhile, Jacksonville improved to 6-20, 4-11.
ETSU led for most of the game and actually held a 45-44 edge with just over eight minutes left in the game after a 3-pointer from junior guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis). However, from there the Dolphins put together a 9-0 run to build a 53-45 advantage and never relinquished the lead.
While Cabell’s 26 points was the story of the game for Jacksonville, it was ETSU’s lack of offensive firepower and poor free throw shooting that doomed any chance of a Buccaneer victory. For the game, ETSU hit on just 36 percent of its shots from the floor, while going just 11-of-22 from the free throw line.
The Bucs were even worse from long range, going just 4-of-19 (21 percent) from beyond the arc. ETSU did pick up 12 steals and forced 14 Jacksonville turnovers, but most of that damage came in the first half. Even so, the Buccaneers were unable to pull away to a significant lead before the intermission.
As for the Dolphins, they shot a strong 52 percent from the floor and were 5-of-13 from 3-point range – going 4-of-8 from long range in the second half. Along with Cabell’s strong effort, JU also got 13 points from Tevin Galvin, which included a basket as the shot clock expired to make it 59-55 in favor of the Dolphins with just over 20 seconds left in the game.
Junior guard Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.) scored a team-high 20 points from the Bucs, while senior guard Tommy Hubbard (Boston) posted his fifth double-double of the season with an 18-point, 13-rebound effort.
While those two players made up most of the Bucs’ offense, the rest of the team combined to go 6-for-24 (25 percent) – which included a combined 3-for-13 effort from seniors Isiah Brown (Miami) and Adam Sollazzo (Tampa, Fla.)
The Bucs will hope to rebound this weekend on their road swing through Nashville, beginning with an 8:15 p.m. (EST) meeting with Belmont Saturday. For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2011-12 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.