WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009
Dolphins pick up first win in battle over Bethune-Cookman, 56-48
The JU men’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season, getting just enough offense to win a 56-48 battle over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night.

JU (1-5) used its experience from facing the hardest schedule in the country in the first five games late to pull out the win behind 11 points from Ben Smith and Travis Cohn, with the duo scoring 10 of the Dolphins last 12 points

The Dolphins defense was stellar, holding the Wildcats to 32 percent shooting from the floor and 2-of-11 from behind the arc. JU also killed the Wildcats on the glass, holding a 35-22 advantage.

“This was a good win against a tough team,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We had a lot of energy and a good effort, especially on defense.”

Having seen a 15-point lead in the second half cut to one by a 15-1 run by the Wildcats, the Dolphins used an 11-3 run to put the game away – with Cohn capping the run with a driving layup with 1:04 left in regulation.

The Dolphins shot the ball well, hitting 21-of-41 from the floor, but just 2-of-11 from 3-point land. Turnovers plagued the Dolphins again as JU turned the ball over 16 times.

With a 21-16 halftime lead, JU opened the second half with an 11-2 run as Ayron Hardy sparked the run with a long jumper and a 3-pointer to give JU momentum.

Trailing by 14, Bethune-Cookman (6-5) began a long comeback and used a five-minute drought where JU scored just one point to put together the 15-1 run.

BCU got a game-high 14 points from C.J. Reed, all of it coming in the second half, with 13 from Albert Abrahams.

Jacksonville scored the first 10 points of the game and held off a late offensive swoon to take a 21-16 lead at halftime.

Hardy led the Dolphins with a game-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points. Tevin Galvin had seven points in his first career start while Glenn Powell had eight points, with three dunks.

The Dolphins are back in action on Saturday as they open their Atlantic Sun Conference title defense on the road at Campbell. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m.