MONDAY, JANUARY 05, 2009
JU runs past USC Upstate, 79-69
After a sluggish first half, the JU men’s basketball team ran past USC Upstate in the second half to take a 79-69 win in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Monday night.

JU (4-8, 3-1 A-Sun) hit 20-of-28 in the second half, scoring 53 points, with the defense forcing eight turnovers and converting them into 14 points.

Travis Cohn led four Dolphins in double figures with a career-high 18 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. It was a well-rounded night for the sophomore who tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, dished out four assists and a steal.

“I liked our effort in the second half,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We still have some things to work on our defense, but we did a good job of attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line.”

JU held a 38-33 advantage on the glass and once again displayed team basketball, dishing out 20 assists on 29 baskets. Ayron Hardy and Lehmon Colbert both had five assists to lead the team.

Hardy scored in double figures for the third straight game with 15 points – hitting all six shots from the floor and extending his streak to 14 straight shots made over the last three games.

Colbert had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ben Smith had 14 points, four assists and three steals for JU as well.

With a five-point lead at halftime, JU came running out of the locker room by scoring the first six points to take a 32-21 lead on a dunk by a Cohn.

The Spartans cut the lead to five, but JU answered with a 16-4 run as Chris Edwards capped the run with a 15-foot jumper on the win.

Upstate (2-11, 1-3 A-Sun) got as close as five late, but JU hit free throws down the stretch to ice the win.

The Spartans got a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds from Nick Schneiders. Bobby Davis had seven points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Pat Posey had 19 points and De’Marion Gordon had 16 points off the bench.

JU held a five-point halftime lead, 26-21, after scoring the final points of the half in defensive slugfest.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday night as they host Mercer in the A-Sun “Game of the Week” that is televised on Comcast Sports Southeast. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.