Cal uses hot shooting night to top JU, 79-47

Patrick Christopher scored a game-high 23 points for Cal (3-2), hitting 9-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc – with 16 of that coming in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The Dolphins (0-2) got 10 points from Lehmon Colbert and Ben Smith had nine as they combined to go 7-of-25 from the floor.

“There a lot of correctable errors out of this game,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “This wasn’t Jacksonville basketball tonight. You can’t let a very good team like Cal get confidence early because they can put points on us in a hurry.”

Cal shot 52.7 percent from the floor and had three players in double figures, with Omondi Amoke scoring 15 off the bench and Jerome Randle adding 10. Amoke pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, but the Dolphins held a 38-36 edge on the glass.

The Dolphins struggled shooting all night. JU hit 8-of-29 in the first half and 9-of-31 in the second half – going 5-of-18 from behind the arc. Colbert and Szymon Lukasiak led JU with six rebounds each.

While the Bears are known as an outside shooting team, they put up 40 points in the paint – with 20 coming on fast break opportunities. JU turned the ball over 17 times, with Cal converting those into 18 points.

With the game tied at five just four minutes in, Cal went on a 19-4 run with Amoke capping it with a 3-point play en route to a 36-19 lead at halftime.

Any hopes of a comeback were dashed quickly as the Bears scored the first nine points of the second half to put the Dolphins away.

JU’s total was the fewest points scored in the Cliff Warren era, breaking the previous record of 48 set in Warren’s first game as head coach against Florida State.

The Dolphins return to the East Coast for Thanksgiving and a Friday night matchup at South Carolina. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., with the game being televised on SportsSouth.