JU falls at Campbell, 73-57
With three players in double figures, Campbell rained on the JU men’s basketball team’s Atlantic Sun Conference opener with a 73-57 win at the Pope Center on Saturday afternoon.

Campbell (6-3, 2-0 A-Sun) got a game-high 17 points from Lorne Merthie, who hit four 3-pointers in the contest. He got assistance from Jonathan Rodriguez’s double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds) and William Kossangue’s 13 points.

JU (1-6, 0-1 A-Sun) was its own worst enemy throughout the game. The Dolphins turned the ball over 24 times, which led to 24 Campbell points. The Dolphins were also whistled for 30 fouls, which led to Campbell hitting 29-fo-38 from the free throw line.

“Typically we don’t turn it over that much and you can’t do that against a team like Campbell,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Defensively, we didn’t do things we typically do. Because we didn’t make shots, we take energy out of our defense which happens when you have eight young guys playing.

“We’ve got a few things to correct and we’ve got to correct it from top to bottom.”

The first half decided the game. JU fell behind 9-0, but scored nine of the next 10 points to cut the deficit to one only to watch the Camels explode with the next eight points to make it 18-9 and eventually pushed the lead to 16, 33-17, on a jumper by Kyle Vejraska.

Campbell held a 35-23 lead at halftime and the Dolphins cut the deficit to 10 early in the second half, but were never able to get the deficit into single digits.

Ben Smith scored 16 points to lead the Dolphins, with Tevin Galvin pulling down a team-high eight rebounds.

JU controlled the boards, holding a 36-27 edge on the glass, with 17 offensive rebounds. Unfortunately, the Dolphins only converted those in 12 second chance points. JU went to the free throw line just 11 times, hitting seven.

After traveling through a rain storm to get to Campbell, the Dolphins will watch the snow fall as they travel to Monday’s game at East Tennessee State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.