Dolphins run away from Concordia, 78-71

Nov. 17, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four Dolphins scored in double figures, including two double-doubles, as the JU men's basketball team took control early and cruised to a 78-71 win over Concordia Saturday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Marcus Allen and Ben Smith scored a team-high 19 points, with Allen recording his first double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Smith just missed a double-double of his own by dishing out eight assists.

Lehmon Colbert joined Allen in the double-double category with a career-high 12 rebounds to go with his 12 points. Ayron Hardy added 11 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

JU (3-0) was able to overcome some sluggish shooting early to take a six-point lead at the intermission. The Dolphins were able to extend their lead to 18 in the second half, enabling Jacksonville to cruise to its best start in six seasons.

"There are some positives for us to take out of this game, but we've got a lot to work on as well," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We didn't play very well in the final eight minutes, but we're going to build off of this over the next week."

JU hit only three 3-pointers in the game, with two of those coming from Smith. The Dolphins withstood the six 3-pointers from Concordia (0-2), including three from Richard Field who finished with a game-high 21 points.

The Dolphins were able to get their up-tempo style going again, scoring more than 70 points for the third straight time. That was helped by solid performance at the free throw line as JU hit 23-of-29, with Smith going 9-for-10.

Jacksonville's post players made their presence felt early and often as the Dolphins piled up 42 points in the paint. The Dolphins also took advantage of 23 Concordia turnovers, converting them into 34 points.

The Dolphins will have a week before their next game - a major road test at UAB on Saturday, Nov. 24. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.