SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2000
The Dolphins Come From Behind To Down Lehigh, 73-70
Dec. 30, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior guard Shawn Platts scored 19 points, including 11 in the final 8:31 as JU erased a 13-point deficit to claim a 73-70 come-from-behind win over Lehigh Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. With the win, the Dolphins improve to 9-2 (2-0 TAAC) eclipsing last season's win total of eight. Platts also pulled down five boards in 27 minutes despite playing with a badly sprained ankle.
Trailing 61-48 with 8:31 to play, the Dolphins went on an 18-4 run and took their first lead since the 16:11 mark of the second half on a James Daniels' (Port St. Joe, Fla.) put-back with 2:00 to play. Lehigh (5-6) answered as Alex Jensen drilled his fourth three-pointer of the game, but Platts countered with his only trey of the game to give JU a 69-68 lead at the 1:12 mark. Zlatko Savovich hit a shot in the lane as the Mountain Hawks regained the lead, 70-69, but Platts answered again with a 15-footer to give the Dolphins the lead for good with 34 seconds remaining. Kris Hunter (Tallahassee, Fla.) blocked Ed Lacayo's shot underneath the goal with 13 seconds to play and Brandon Williams (Pomona, Calif.) came off the bench to hit a pair of free throws to ice it for JU.
Hunter finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks, including four points and four blocks down the stretch. Platts, who is shooting a team-best 55 percent from the floor for the season, connected on 9-of-12 shots for the game, including 6-of-7 in the second half. The Dolphins out-rebounded Lehigh, 37-34, and grabbed a season-high 20 offensive boards which led to 22 second-chance points.
Jensen led the Mountain Hawks with 16 points and six assists, while Matt Logie added 14 and Lacayo 11. Savovich had five points and five assists, but turned the ball over four times as JU forced Lehigh into 19 turnovers for the game.
The Dolphins led by as many as five, 31-26, with 3:31 to play in the first half, but Lehigh closed the half on a 5-0 run behind a Jensen three-pointer and a bucket by Matt Crawford to tie the game for the seventh time at heading to intermission.
JU heads back into Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) play again on Wednesday, as the Dolphins play at Samford at 7 p.m. eastern. The game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m.
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