SATURDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2000
Dolphins Remain Undefeated, Give High Point A Low Point
Dec. 9, 2000
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Senior center Kris Hunter had 10 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three steals as Jacksonville held High Point to just 41 points and 32 percent shooting in a 54-41 win Saturday night in High Point, N.C. With the win, the Dolphins improve their best start in 21 years to 7-0 with a chance to match last year's win total (8-19) next Sunday at Florida State.
The 41 points by High Point was the third-lowest total by a JU opponent in school history. The Dolphins limited Jacksonville State to 40 points a week ago in a 51-40 win, and defeated Rollins College, 31-30, on Jan. 23, 1960.
Senior guard Shawn Platts added 12 points for JU, which limited High Point to 19 percent shooting and 13 points in the first half, marking the third time this season JU has held an opponent to less than 20 points in the first half. Ali Kaba scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 11 boards as the Dolphins outrebounded the Panthers, 40-32, for the game, including 16 offensive boards.
"In the first half we had exceptional defensive intensity and showed good patience on offense," said JU head coach Hugh Durham. "In the second half we came out a little flat and our lack of offensive execution allowed them some opportunities to score. But I'm happy with a win like that on the road."
With JU leading 5-4 at the 14:03 mark of the first half, James Daniels came off the bench to score eight points and spark a 17-4 Dolphin run. JU limited the Panthers to only two field goals the final 12:49 of the first half, while forcing 10 turnovers and took a 29-13 halftime lead.
High Point opened the second half on a 7-0 run, but JU answered with a 13-0 run behind back-to-back three pointers from Toby Frazier and Platts, and a follow-up dunk from Hunter to take a 46-22 lead with 11:14 to play. The Panthers finished the game on a 19-8 run against the Dolphin reserves.
JU is off this week due to exams, but will play at Florida State next Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.
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