SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
Second half surge leads JU past Kennesaw State, 82-61
The JU men’s basketball team won its third straight on Sunday afternoon, running back Kennesaw State, 82-61, at Swisher Gymnasium in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

Marcus Allen scored a game-high 19 points along with a team-high six rebounds to lead four Dolphins in double figures. Allen hit 9-of-12 from the floor in just 19 minutes of action.

JU (6-8, 5-1 A-Sun) dominated the paint, out scoring the Owls (5-9, 1-4 A-Sun), 52-26. The Dolphins got 28 points off the bench, with every player pulling down at least two rebounds in the game.

“This was a total team effort today, from our starters and our bench,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We talk every day that we need everyone to contribute. Today, we controlled the boards because we rebounded as a team and executed on offense as a team.”

The Dolphins continued their season-long trend of owning the glass, holding 17-rebound advantage on the Owls. JU has lost the battle on the glass just once this season.

Sporting a six-point lead at halftime, the Dolphins withstood a run by the Owls to cut the deficit to four in the opening minutes.

From there, JU went on a 21-8 run to take a 68-51 lead with 7:22 left in the game courtesy of an Ayron Hardy layup. From there, JU eventually pushed the lead to 23 to cruise to the win.

Hardy scored in double figures for the fifth straight game with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

Jacksonville trailed by three in the opening moments, but pushed the lead to as many as 16 in the first half before taking a 41-35 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Ben Smith scored in double figures for the 13th straight game, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, with Lehmon Colbert adding 10.

The Owls had four players score in double figures, led by Jon-Michael Nickerson’s 14 points and six rebounds.

The Dolphins are off until Thursday when they travel across town to face UNF in the second half of a doubleheader. Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m.