Strong second half leads JU past Campbell, 77-66

Jan. 31, 2008

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first half was not what the JU men's basketball team had in mind when preparing for Thursday night's game against Campbell.

But the second half was ideal as the Dolphins rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to top the Camels, 77-66, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in key Atlantic Sun Conference game.

JU's Marcus Allen led all scorers with 25 points, 17 of that coming in the second half. Three Dolphins (11-9, 7-1 A-Sun) scored in double figures, with Lehmon Colbert adding 12 points and Ben Smith chipping in with 10.

"We did a much better job in the second half," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "Our effort was much better and we did a really good job in the first few minutes to get the momentum going in our direction."

The Dolphins used an 11-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half to turn a four-point deficit into a five-point lead that they would not relinquish.

Over the final 15 minutes, the Dolphins were able to extend the lead to as many as 14, never allowing Campbell (8-12, 3-5 A-Sun) to make a run to get back into the game. The Dolphins were 17-of-32 (53.1 percent) from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

Allen finished the game going 10-of-12 from the floor, with five rebounds. Colbert had eight rebounds and Ayron Hardy had a team-best 11. JU's team rebounding effort gave the Dolphins a 40-31 edge on the glass, with 18 of those coming on the offensive end.

Campbell withstood a JU run early and used a 9-1 run late in the half to take a 37-33 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Camels hit 50 percent of their shots in the first half and held the Dolphins to just 11-of-30 shooting.

The Camels got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Jonathan Rodriguez, with Jake Wohlfiel adding 14 points and Kyle Vejraska getting 10.

The Dolphins return to the court on Saturday to face Gardner-Webb in the second half of a doubleheader with the JU women's team. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.