JU sweeps the SunTrust River City Rumble with 73-61 win
Using a business-like approach, the JU men’s basketball team finished off a sweep of the SunTrust River City Rumble with a 73-61 win over UNF at the UNF Arena on Friday night in the Atlantic Sun Conference “Game of the Week.”

Lehmon Colbert scored a season-high 22 points with 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, leading three Dolphins (12-8, 8-3 A-Sun) in double figures as JU won its ninth straight game – tying the longest winning streak in the Cliff Warren era.

JU’s defense shined throughout the night, limiting the Ospreys (10-12, 5-7 A-Sun) to just 18 field goals with a 12-rebound advantage while forcing 16 turnovers that turned into 15 points.

“We were very business-like in our preparation and how we played the game,” said Warren. “We did a good job on defense and got up the floor in transition, which got us some good looks.”

JU controlled the second half, slowly and methodically pushing the lead through the final 20 minutes.

Sporting a six-point halftime lead, JU pushed the lead to 12 in the first four minutes, with Tevin Galvin capping the run with a layup.

UNF cut the deficit back to six, 49-43, but the Dolphins came right with an 11-3 run to take a 60-47 lead on a jumper by Colbert on the baseline.

The Dolphins eventually pushed the lead to as many as 14, before running out the clock for the eighth straight win over UNF.

Ben Smith scored in double figures for the 16th straight game, scoring 13 points with five assists and four steals. Ayron Hardy had 13 points to go along with two steals.

UNF came out hot early and slowed JU down, taking a 15-9 lead on a 3-pointer by Will Wilson. But the Dolphins came back by dominating the final seven minutes, finishing the half on a 20-8 run – capping the half with a pair of Hardy free throws to take a 36-30 lead at halftime.

The Ospreys were led by David Jeune’s 14 points, with Matt Sauey recording 10 rebounds.

The physical contest finished with 50 fouls called, with JU shooting 27-of-36 from the free throw line while UNF was 21-of-30.

Jacksonville hits the road on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s game at USC Upstate. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.