Basketball Sprints Past New Orleans, 73-58

Nov. 19, 2001

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while junior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots to lead Jacksonville to a 73-58 victory over New Orleans Monday night in non-conference action at Swisher Gymnasium. With the win, the Dolphins improve to 2-0 on the season and end an eight-game losing streak against the Privateers. New Orleans falls to 1-3 on the season.

Junior forward Antwan Robertson (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) added 10 points and seven boards as JU out-rebounded the Privateers 48-40. The Dolphins also limited New Orleans to just 31 percent shooting from the field and 17 percent shooting from the three-point arc. JU has now won 18 of its last 19 games when holding its opponent under 70 points. Sheppard hit four of JU's eight treys as the Dolphins extended their streak with at least one three-pointer to 73 consecutive games. The Dolphins did turn the ball over 19 times which led to 30 New Orleans points.

JU held New Orleans' leading scorer Hector Romero to just 12 points - 11 below his average - while Kyle Buggs led the Privateers with 14 points. Romero also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, but shot just 3-of-12 from the field.

The Dolphins jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead as all five JU starters scored in the first 5:31 of the game. New Orleans answered with a 9-1 run to cut the lead to 13-11 with 10:39 to play in the half, but JU went on a 10-0 run over the next 3:37 behind a pair of buckets from Warner and two lay-ups by Tabari Brown (Brunswick, Ga.) to take a 23-11 lead. The Privateers scored seven of the final nine points in the first half to cut the lead to 35-29 at the break.

JU jumped all over New Orleans to start the second half building a 55-36 lead in the first 6:37. James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) scored on a lay-up from Sheppard and then Sheppard fed Robertson for an alley-oop dunk to give JU a 39-30 lead. Sheppard followed with a four-point play after getting fouled on a three-pointer. Following a Warner lay-up, Sheppard and Daniels hit back-to-back treys to give JU a 51-36 lead. The Dolphins hit 11-of-14 free throws in the second half and maintained a double-digit lead throughout.

Jacksonville opens Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday against Belmont at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.