Dolphins fall at UAB, 84-72

Nov. 24, 2007

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The JU men's basketball team dropped its first game of the season as UAB used a late run in the first half with a long-range attack and never looked back, handing the Dolphins an 84-72 loss on Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.

UAB hit nine 3-pointers in the game, with Robert Vaden hitting seven en route to a game-high 25 points. Vaden was one of three Blazers in double figures, with Aaron Johnson and Lawrence Kinnard adding 10 each.

Four Dolphins scored in double figures led by Marcus Allen's 14 points. The junior center hit 4-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

"UAB came out and took it to us in the opening minutes," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We played hard the entire 40 minutes and I'm encouraged with our play in the second half."

Ben Smith had 13 points for JU, with Szymon Lukasiak adding 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Lehmon Colbert had 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

UAB (4-3) put up 54 points in the first half to lead by 19 at the intermission, the points allowed in half by JU since giving up 56 in the first half at Florida a year ago.

JU (3-1) turned the ball over 14 times on its way to 21 for the game, with the Blazers cashing those in for 24 points. The Dolphins had trouble shooting the ball from outside, hitting just 3-of-12 from 3-point land.

Jacksonville did own a distinct advantage on the glass, out rebounding UAB, 40-27, led by Lukasiak's seven.

The Dolphins fell behind 6-1 in the opening minutes and trailed by as many as 12 before cutting the deficit back to five, 30-25, with 6:45 left in the half.

But the Blazers finished the half on a 24-10 run, with Vaden hitting three 3-pointers in that span to put UAB up 19 at the half, 54-35.

Lukasiak went to work in the second half for JU, scoring eight of his 12 points in the final stanza. JU shot the ball much better, going 11-for-26 from the floor.

The Dolphins hit the hardwood again on Wednesday against Georgia State for their final home game in 2007. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.