JU wins third straight with 82-58 rout of Florida Gulf Coast
Using a complete team effort, the JU men’s basketball team routs Florida Gulf Coast, 82-58, at the Alico Arena on Sunday.

The win is the third straight for JU (6-8, 3-3 A-Sun) as the Dolphins held the Eagles (5-10, 2-4 A-Sun) to 31.1 percent shooting with seven Dolphins pulling down at least four rebounds.

Topping it off, seven Dolphins scored at least six points while seven Dolphins blocked a shot as JU blocked a season-best eight shots.

“We did some positive things today, but there are some things we need to correct,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “I’m disappointed with how we played down the stretch as we didn’t attack their zone and how we shot free throws. Those are some things we’ll correct this week in practice.”

Ben Smith led JU with a game-high 25 points and was joined by fellow senior Lehmon Colbert in double figures with 19, putting up 17 in the second half. For Smith, it’s his seventh straight game with at least 20 points while Colbert’s total is a new season high.

JU used a 21-4 run late in the first half to take a 38-25 lead at halftime and pushed the lead to 24 in the opening minutes of the second half as Colbert came out with 11 points in the opening five minutes of the half.

The Eagles came back to cut the lead to 13 with just under four minutes to go, but the Dolphins scored the last 11 points to seal the win.

Florida Gulf Coast struggled with JU’s pressure, turning the ball over 21 times, with JU converting those into 24 points. The Dolphins had their first positive assist-to-turnover ratio of the season, dishing out 19 assists, with Smith accouting for six while turning it over just 15 times.

FGCU failed to hit a 3-pointer for the second straight game, going 0-for-9 from behind the arc. The Dolphins gave up 12 second chance points while holding the Eagles to just 19-of-61 shooting.

Ayron Hardy led the Dolphins with seven rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

FGCU had four players in double figures, led by Anthony Banks 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Marks added 12, with Reed Baker getting 11 and Derrick O’Neil chipping in with 10 off the bench.

Having won five of their last six, the Dolphins return home for a four-game homestand starting Thursday against Lipscomb. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m.