Dolphins Top Florida Atlantic, 73-58

Jan 2, 2002 BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - James Daniels scored a team-high 17 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting, and Calvin Warner grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Jacksonville to a 73-58 win over Florida Atlantic in A-Sun action at the FAU Gymnasium. JU, which was playing its seventh straight road game, won its third consecutive game away from home to improve to 9-4 on the season, including 3-1 in league play.

JU limited FAU (6-5, 3-2) to just 58 points - 19 below its season average - including just two field goals in the final 9:06. The Dolphins outrebounded the Owls, 48-33, thanks to Warner's 18 boards - the most for a JU player since Micah Ross grabbed 19 rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette on Jan. 6, 1996. Daniels set a new school record with 5-of-5 from outside the arc, including four in the first half when JU used a 9-0 run over the final 2:52 to take a 42-29 halftime lead.

The Dolphins extended their lead to 50-33 in the first five minutes of the second half thanks to four steals and three offensive rebounds. Antwan Robertson put back a Ryan Lewis miss and then Daniels hit his fifth trey to give JU a 47-33 lead. Following a Robertson free throw, Kevin Sheppard stole the ball from Andre Garner and took it the length of the court to give the Dolphins their largest lead at 17 at the 16:59 mark.

FAU widdled the lead to as little as six on four occasions and trailed just 61-55 with 4:36 to play, but the JU defense limited the Owls to just three points in the final 4:36. The Dolphins jumped out to a 25-10 lead in the first nine minutes of the game, despite starting just two regulars, but FAU used 14-3 run to pull within four with 3:30 to play in the half. Raheim Brown, who finished with a game-high 21 points while grabbing 10 rebounds, sparked the Owl run with eight of his 13 first-half points.

Sheppard finished with 16 points and three steals off the bench, including 13 of JU's 31 points in the second half. Lewis added a career-high nine rebounds for the Dolphins, who tied a season high with 48 boards. The JU bench also outscored the Owl bench, 44-4.