SATURDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2001
Dolphins Down Stetson 67-57 In Atlantic Sun Play
Dec. 1, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville, Fla.) had a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, while James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) and Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) each scored 14, as Jacksonville shut down Stetson in the second half to record a 67-57 win over the Hatters in Atlantic Sun Conference play Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins improve to 4-0 at home on the season and claim their 200th win at historic Swisher Gymnasium. JU (4-1, 2-1 A-Sun) has won 16 of its last 18 home games dating back to last season.
The Dolphin defense limited the Hatters (2-3, 0-2 A-Sun) to just 34 percent shooting from the floor, including 1-of-14 from outside the arc. JU has now held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting in four of five games this year and has won 20 of its last 21 games when holding its opponent to 70 points or less. The Dolphins also shot a season-high 49 percent from the floor and outrebounded Stetson, 43-35. Sheppard added a game-high four assists, while junior center Ryan Lewis (New Orleans, La.) had four points and four blocks in only 10 minutes. Senior forward Ali Kaba (Saniquelle, Liberia) came off the bench to grab nine boards for JU and senior point guard Toby Frazier (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit a pair of shots and scored a season-high seven in 14 minutes of action. Warner also had two steals and two blocks, and scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.
Ricky McConnell paced Stetson with 13 points and six boards. Mark Stiles added 10 points in 11 minutes and junior point guard Ravii Givens scored nine and pulled down seven rebounds. There were six lead changes and two ties in the first 6:15 of the second half before JU took control. With the game tied 40-40 at the 14:40 mark, Warner scored 10 straight points, including two thunderous dunks, to give the Dolphins a 50-44 lead. Daniels hit a three to stretch the lead to nine at 53-44 with 10:01 to play, and the Hatters never got within six the rest of the way. JU's largest lead was 11 with 49 seconds to play as the Dolphins hit 8-of-12 free throws in the final 1:26.
The Dolphins turned a 26-19 first-half deficit into a 32-31 halftime lead with a 13-5 run over the final 6:24. Daniels scored five quick points and Frazier hit back-to-back shots to get JU within one, 29-28. Kaba capped an 11-3 run and gave JU a 30-29 lead on a lay-up from Frazier that followed three offensive rebounds by the Dolphins.
JU returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. against Savannah State at Swisher Gymnasium.
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