Dolphins drop opener to Florida State, 59-57
Lehmon Colbert
Lehmon Colbert
Down 17 with 3:48 left in the game, things didn’t look to good for the JU men’s basketball team.

But a frantic rally in those final minutes came up just short as the Dolphins dropped the season opener to Florida State, 59-57, in front of a crowd of 7,805 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Lehmon Colbert led the Dolphins (0-1) with a game-high tying 16 points, hitting 5-of-10 from the floor. Marcus Allen added 10 points to become the 24th player in school history to score more than 1,000 points in their career.

“We fought hard the last four minutes, but we’ve got to play all 40 minutes like we did the last four,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “This wasn’t all on our shooting. We’ve got to make stops and we didn’t play well on defense when we weren’t hitting shots.”

The Seminoles led 57-40 with the last media timeout at 3:47 left in the game. During that final timeout, Warren implored his team to finish the game strong.

They did that and then some.

A Tevin Galvin free throw started the run, that picked up steam when Galvin hit his first 3-pointer with 1:49 to go, cutting the deficit to 11, 57-46.

Allen got a 3-point play to cut the lead to eight and joined the 1,000-point club with the basket.

Toney Douglas hit one of two free throws and the Dolphins got another 3-pointer, this one by Colbert, to cut the lead to six with 33 seconds remaining.

After Pierre Jordan missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Brian Gilbert drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three with 20 seconds left.

Douglas hit one of two at the stripe and Travis Cohn hit a running jumper with six second left to cut the Seminoles lead to two, 59-57.

After getting the ball in bounds to Douglas, he was fouled and missed both free throws – but the Dolphins were unable to secure the rebound and get an outlet pass before time expired.

Douglas led the Seminoles with 16 points and five assists. Chris Singleton had 12 points and 17 rebounds, securing a double-double in the first half before fouling out late in the game. Jordan DeMercy had 10 points as well.

The first half was a defensive battle, with JU hitting just 8-of-33 from the floor, to trail FSU 30-17.

Jacksonville hits the road on Sunday in preparation for its game on Monday at No. 22 Georgetown. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m., with the game being broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.