JU Men's Hoops Falls To Samford In TAAC Play, 70-51

Jan. 3, 2001

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Samford used a 23-2 run midway through the first half and held off two JU rallies to claim a 70-51 victory over the Dolphins Wednesday night in a Trans America Athletic Conference game in Birmingham. The Dolphins fall to 9-3 on the season, 2-1 in the TAAC, while the Bulldogs improve to 5-7 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Brandon Williams led the Dolphins with 18 points and TAAC Player of the Week Shawn Platts added 13, but JU shot only 5-of-20 from outside the arc and turned the ball over 19 times in its first conference loss of the season.

"We didn't compete physically, mentally or emotionally," said JU head coach Hugh Durham. "We went out on the floor and we weren't ready to play."

JU jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and Samford did not score its first basket until the 14:34 mark, but the Bulldogs turned a 7-5 deficit into a 28-9 lead over a 7:04 stretch of the first half and never looked back.

Freshman Sebastian Sachse scored five straight to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead, and then Derrick Jones scored five straight to extend the margin to 15-7 with 12:36 to play in the half. The Dolphins did close the half with A 16-7 run after switching to a zone trap and trailed 35-25 at the break. The Dolphins outrebounded the Bulldogs 12-2 during the run and committed only one turnover after turning the ball over eight times in the first 9:21.

Marc Salyers paced three Bulldogs in double figures with 17 points, including eight in an 18-3 second-half run that thwarted JU's comeback attempt. Cornell Felton added a career-high 14 points and Jones 12 as Samford shot 50 percent from the floor and connected on 10 treys in the game. The Bulldogs committed only four turnovers in the second half and 10 for the game.

"They played with a lot of grit and a lot of purpose," said Durham. "They did an outstanding job of executing their offense against our man-to-man and zone defenses."

The Dolphins pulled within seven, 40-33, at the 15:21 mark of the second half on a pair of Williams' free throws, and then had a chance to cut the lead to five following a Samford turnover. However, Williams turned the ball over in transition and Samford responded by hitting four straight three-pointers and ignited an 18-2 run to take a 58-35 lead with 9:23 to play.

JU returns home to take on Campbell on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. The game is part of a TAAC doubleheader with the JU women taking on Campbell at 5 p.m.