FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2000
JU Powers Past High Point
December 21, 1999
Jacksonville, Fla. - Brandon Williams scored a season and career-high 30 points leading Jacksonville to a 101-86 win over High Point. It was the first thirty point game of the year for a Dolphin and the first time this season JU has topped the century mark. JU last broke the 100 point barrier on 2/7/98 with a 100-79 win over then-Sun Belt opponent Texas Pan-American. The Dolphins (3-6) snapped a three game losing streak while the Panthers (5-4) dropped their third in a row.
The Panthers did not start the game looking like a first-year Division I team. High Point made its first seven shots and jumped out to a 22-13 lead with 11:20 to go in the first half. Jacksonville turned up the heat on defense and its shooting touch got hot as the Dolphins went on a 37-17 run and led 50-39 at the break. JU shot 55.6% in the first half (20-36) and forced a dozen turnovers.
The Dolphins jumped on the Panthers after the break, scoring the first nine point of the second half and led 59-41 after a Calvin Slaughter lay-up with 17:42 left. Jacksonville would stretch its lead to as many as twenty, 83-63, with 7:10 to go. Anthony Jackson's late treys were the only thing thata prevented a complete blow-out. Slaughter scored 20 in the winning effort and Shawn Platts chipped in 12 points and a game-high 6 assists. High Point center Geordie Cullen led the visitors with 22 points, but had just seven in the second half. Fatigue was a major factor as JU had ten players break into the scoring column and the bench scoring favored the Dolphins 27-8.
The Panthers shot 64.3% in the second half (18-28) but never got closer than thirteen points down the stretch. JU forced 23 turnovers and had a season-high 14 steals. The Dolphins also set a season-high mark with 24 assists.
JU returns to action on December 30th at home against Florida Tech in the third of a four game homestand.
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