SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2001
Dolphins Hang On For 58-55 Win At Savannah State

Dec. 29, 2001

Final Stats

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Senior point guard Toby Frazier handed out a season-high six assists and grabbed six rebounds in his first start of the season, while Calvin Warner had 16 points and 11 rebounds as Jacksonville held on for a hard-fought 58-55 win over Savannah St. at Tiger Arena. The Dolphins (8-4) played without their leading scorer Kevin Sheppard, who had played all 66 games since coming to JU.

JU also got 18 points from Travis Robinson off the bench, including 12 in the first half as the Dolphins built a 33-28 halftime advantage. James Daniels added nine points on three second-half three-pointers, while junior center Ryan Lewis had seven points, four boards, three blocks and two steals for JU, which outrebounded Savannah St. (0-11), 40-31, and forced 17 turnovers.

Alvin Payton led three Tigers in double figures with 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Levi Williams added 12 and Carlos Smalls scored 10 for Savannah St., which hit five three's in the first half to stay in the game.

A Frazier three-pointer and Johnny Jones lay-up gave the Dolphins a 27-19 lead with 5:35 to play in the first half, but the Tigers answered three straight baskets by Smalls, Armand Burnett and Payton to cut the lead to two at the 3:45 mark. JU came back with six straight points to regain the eight-point advantage, but a Williams three-pointer with 32 seconds to play in the half cut the Dolphin lead to five at the break.

Savannah St. opened the second half on a 9-0 run and took a 37-35 lead at the 17:26 mark. Fisher hit a short jumper and then the Tigers converted three straight steals into points as Smalls and Payton hit jumpers, and Williams drilled a three. Following four lead changes and a tie, JU took the lead for good, 43-44, with 12:28 to play on a short baseline jumper by Robinson. The Dolphins used a 10-3 run to build the lead to as much as nine on two occasions, but Savannah St. battled back to within two with 46 seconds to play. Jones' free throw with 16 seconds left iced the game for JU.