Jags Punch Their Ticket To Hot Springs Arkansas With 62-60 Win

March 6, 2009 · By · Filed Under Basketball, Men's 
Philip Tabet at the free throw line. - Image by Doug Roberts http://www.dougstech.com/

Philip Tabet at the free throw line. - Image by Doug Roberts http://www.dougstech.com/

The Jaguars never trailed in the game but saw a 16 point advantage dwindle away to one with just a minute left in the game. But the Jags held on for the win over the Privateers in the first round of the SBC Tournament to advance to Hot Springs, Arkansas. #6 seed USA will face #3 Troy on Sunday at 9pm.

Domonic Tilford would open the game with a 3-pointer but was answered by UNO’s Jaroslav Tyrna’s 3-pointer seconds later. That would be the only tie of the game. The Jaguars would then go on a 13-4 run over the next five and a half minutes. But the privateers would close the gap with an 11-4 run of their own to get within two points at 20-18. However this would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the first half.

Ronald Douglas would visibily hurt his right shoulder in the first half on the offensive side and would have to come out with pain. When leaving the court he would soon go to the locker room and would not see any more action in the first half. His replacement, Philip Tabet, would spur the Jaguars 15-3 run over seven minutes when he hit a jumper and was fouled by UNO’s Jahmal Burroughs. Tabet sunk his free-throw as well. The Jaguars would go into the locker room with a 13 point lead.

A Domonic Tilford layup early in the second half would extend the Jaguar lead back to 15. But UNO would continue to fight over the next five minutes to cut the Jaguar lead down to eight at 43-35 with a 9-2 run. However the Jaguars would answer the privateers with a 12-4 run over about seven minutes for the largest Jaguar lead of the game at 16 points with 8:29 left in the game.

But when the Jags when up by 16, their shooting went cold. going over four minutes without a basket or free-throw. The Privateers would cut the lead to a mere three points, 56-53, with 3:27 left in the game with a 14-1 run. During the run the Jags missed three shots and DeAndre Coleman would miss two free-throws before Domonic Tilford would sink one of his two free throw attempts to end the scoreless drought.

DeAndre Coleman would a jumper at the 2:54 mark to give USA a key five point advantage. LaShun Watson would foul UNO’s Kyndall Dykes with Dykes making both free throws. With the jaguar lead now three points, Domonic Tilford would foul Justin Archie with 1:01 left in the game. Archie would sink both free throws to cut the Jaguar lead to one point. A Brandon Davis layup and foul with 33 seconds left would extend the lead to three points once again. Davis would miss his free throw attempt to extend the lead to four points.

UNO’s Kyndall Dykes attempted a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and missed the shot. Brandon Davis got the rebound and was fouled by Jaroslav Tyrna to send Davis to the line again. Davis misses both attempts and UNO would come away with the rebound and Davis would foul T.J. Worley for his 5th personal foul. Worley would make his first attempt but missed his second and would miss their tip-in attempt to only cut the jaguar lead to two points, 60-58 with 12 seconds left.

Jaroslav Tyrna would be forced to fould Domonic Tilford with 7 seconds remaining to send him to the line. After making both free throws to seal the victory UNO would still try a desperation 3-pointer but missed with 4 seconds left. Kyndall Dykes would make a final shot as time expired for the final score of 62-60.

UNO’s Kyndall Dykes would lead all scorers with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. T.J. Worley would be the only other Privateer in double digits with 15 points.

Domonic Tilford would lead USA in scoring with 13 points while LaShun Watson would add 11 and Ronald Douglas would add 11 points and five rebounds. Philip Tabet, who gave an emotional burst in the first half would end the night with 6 points and 5 rebounds.

USA lead the privateer in shooting 47%-38% from the floor, and 40%-33% from 3-point range. But the Privateers lead the free-throw percentage 76%-61%. The Jaguars also lead with points in the paint 28-22, points off turnovers 15-12 and second chance points 13-6. UNO would lead fast break points 7-4 and scoring from the bench would be even at 21 points each.

In his last four game, DeAndre Coleman has come away with 10 rebounds each time to gather his 500th during the game. He leads the conference in rebounding with 8.3 per game. The Jaguars are now 15-1 when leading at halftime for the season and are 9-0 when leading a Sun Belt team at half time.

Three more wins and the Jaguars will be in the NCAA Tournament. GO JAGS!!!!

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