Men's Basketball Opens Exhibition Play With 74-69 Win Over North Florida

Nov. 7, 2001

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his Dolphin debut as JU erased a 19-point first-half deficit to come back and beat North Florida, 74-69, Wednesday night in an exhibition basketball game at Swisher Gymnasium. Warner also had five blocks en route to Jasper Player-of-the-Game honors.

Junior forward Antwan Robertson (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) added 15 points and five boards, while junior point guard Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) scored 15 and handed out five assists. Jo Jo Cadray led the Osprey with 17 points and four assists, but turned the ball over eight times as JU forced North Florida into 24 turnovers and 39 percent shooting for the game. Danny Lotz and Koran Godwin added 14 a piece for the Osprey, which jumped out to a 39-20 lead with a 25-10 run midway through the first half.

The Dolphins answered with a 15-2 run over the final 3:57 of the half to cut the deficit to 41-35 at the break. Trailing 41-26 at the 2:05 mark, Warner followed his own miss with a put-back dunk to ignite an 11-0 run to end the half. James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) added a pair of free throws followed by jumpers by Warner and Sheppard before Robertson closed the half with a three-pointer.

After committing nine turnovers in the first half, JU turned the ball over only four times after the break, while shooting 53 percent in the second half and outscoring North Florida 20-4 in the paint. Sheppard hit Robertson for a jumper at the 15:58 mark to give the Dolphins their first lead of the game, 48-47. Lotz answered with a three-pointer as the Osprey regained the lead, 50-48, but the Dolphins battled back and took the lead for good, 55-54, at the 11:35 mark on a Tabari Brown (Brunswick, Ga.) jumper in the paint. JU took its largest lead at 73-64 on a Sheppard lay-up with 46 seconds to play.

JU returns to action with an exhibition game against the Angola Select Team on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.