THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
JU men dominate UNF, 78-38
The JU men’s basketball team dominated the opening tip and never trailed in routing UNF in the SunTrust River City Rumble, 78-38, at the UNF Arena on Thursday night.

The Dolphins (7-8, 6-1 A-Sun) won their fourth straight as four players scored in double figures, led by Marcus Allen’s game-high 17.

Jacksonville won its fifth straight in the series behind its best total performance of the season. The Dolphins won the battle on the boards, shot better than 40 percent, held the Ospreys (3-14, 1-6 A-Sun) to less than 40 points and took care of the basketball – committing just 10 turnovers.

“This was a complete team effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Every game in conference play is important and our team had a tremendous effort tonight.”

Ayron Hardy scored in double figures for the sixth straight game, putting up 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Lehmon Colbert added 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds with Travis Cohn putting up 10.

The Dolphins held a 17-rebound advantage on the boards and forced UNF into 17 turnovers – converting them into 22 points.

JU also held a 36-14 scoring advantage inside, aided by seven blocked shots.

Ben Smith, JU’s leading scorer, put up just six points but had seven assists and three steals. He got help from the bench, as they scored 22 points, led by Tevin Galvin’s seven.

JU had a nine-point lead less than four minutes into the game when UNF called its first timeout. The Ospreys cut the deficit to five, but by the midway point in the first half, JU had built a double-digit lead and pushed it to as many as 24 before taking a 44-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Dolphins opened the second half on an 11-1 run to put away any hopes of a comeback en route to the 40-point win.

Eni Cuka led the Ospreys with 14 points as the lone player in double figures for UNF.

JU returns to action on Saturday as they travel to face Campbell. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m.