SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2001
Men's Basketball Edges Out UCF, 58-54

Jan. 20, 2001

Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Shawn Platts scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, while Kris Hunter scored 13 points, grabbed nine boards and blocked five shots as JU broke a three-game losing streak with a 58-54 conference win over UCF in orlando.

The Dolphins, who improve to 11-6 overall, 4-4 in the TAAC, held the Golden Knights (6-12, 2-6) to just 31 percent shooting for the game, including 13 percent (3-23) from the three-point line.

Kevin Sheppard added 12 points and shot 6-of-7 from the line in his first start of the season as JU connected on 18-of-24 free throws and forced UCF into 15 turnovers.

"This was a pivotal game for both teams and we found a way to get back on track. Shawn Platts showed his senior leadership, not only by scoring 21 points, but by grabbing nine defensive rebounds and setting the tone for us defensively," said head coach Hugh Durham. " Kris Hunter also had one of his most dominating performances of the season."

JU jumped out to a 11-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but UCF answered quickly with its own 10-0 run to take a 14-11 lead with 9:10 to play in the first half. The Dolphins responded and closed the half on a 17-6 run hitting 7-of-10 shots in the final 7:56 to take a 33-22 lead at the break.

The Golden Knights started the second half on a 10-1 run to cut the lead to 34-32, but JU answered again with 16-2 run as Platts score six straight points to give the Dolphins a 50-34 lead with 10:06 to play. UCF took its turn with a 20-5 run to pull within one, 55-54, with 40 seconds remaining in the game, but JU hit 3-of-4 free throws to seal the win.

Paul Reed paced the Golden Knights with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Joey Graham scored 13. Mario Lovett returned following a three-game absence due to injury to score 12 and pull down nine boards.

The Dolphins are back in action against Mercer at 7:30 p.m. at Swisher Gym on Monday night.