SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2001
Dolphins Shut Down Belmont In A-Sun Opener, 58-37
Nov. 24, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) scored a career-best 22 points and grabbed six rebounds, while JU allowed the fewest points in 41 years, in a 58-37 win over Belmont in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins improve to 3-0 overall, 1-0 in league play after allowing the fewest points since a 31-30 victory over Rollins College on Jan. 23, 1960.
Junior point guard Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgina Islands) added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists, while junior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored only four points, but pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, blocked five shots and handed out four assists. Junior forward Antwan Robertson (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) scored eight points and grabbed five boards, and Ryan Lewis (New Orleans, La.) had four points, five rebounds and three blocks as the Dolphins out-rebounded the smaller Bruins, 46-24. JU limited Belmont to just 32 percent shooting from the floor, including 11 percent shooting (3-27) from three-point range, and did not allow the Bruins to attempt a single free throw for the game. Belmont was second in the nation last season with 10.3 three-pointers made per game. The Dolphins also shot a season-best 15-of-19 from the free throw line.
JU has now won 19 of its last 20 games when holding opponents to 70 points or less and has won 15 of its last 17 games at Swisher Gymnasium. Mark Adam paced Belmont (1-2, 0-1 A-Sun) with 12 points and six boards, while Wes Burtner scored 10 in the first conference game for the Bruins since moving to Division I in 1997.
Leading 19-16 with 7:39 to play in the first half, JU went on an 11-2 run to take a 30-18 lead at the break. Robertson scored in the lane and then Daniels hit the second of his four three-pointers to give the Dolphins a 24-16 advantage at the 4:00 mark. Adam answered with a backdoor lay-up, but Robertson came right back with another short jumper and then Daniels followed his own miss with a short put-back. On the Bruins' next possession, Warner stole Burtner's pass and fed Sheppard for the easy score to give JU the 12-point halftime lead. JU continued its defensive pressure in the second half limiting Belmont to just 1-of-18 from outside the arc and did not allow its lead to dip below double digits.
The Dolphins return to action on Thursday, Nov. 29 with their second of three conference games in eight days as JU takes on UCF at 7:30 p.m. in Orlando.
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