THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2002
Dolphins Drop Mercer, 75-62, For Third Straight Win
Jan. 17, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville, Fla.) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Jacksonville to its third straight win with a 75-62 victory over Mercer Thursday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Swisher Gymnasium. JU improves to 13-5 overall, 7-2 in league play with its seventh win in the last eight games. It is the best record for the Dolphins through 18 games since the 1979-80 season when JU opened the year 19-5.
James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) and Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) each scored 10 and grabbed four rebounds, while Travis Robinson (Gastonia, N.C.) and Ryan Lewis (New Orleans, La.) came off the bench to score 10 points apiece. The Dolphins shot a season-low 18 percent from outside the arc connecting on just 4-of-22 three-point attempts but crushed Mercer (3-14, 1-7) on the boards, 50-26, while scoring 19 points on second-chance opportunities. JU had nine players score in the game, including eight points and a season-high eight rebounds from Tabari Brown (Brunswick, Ga.), while starting center Ali Kaba (Sanniquelle, Liberia) added seven boards in 18 minutes.
Aleem Muhammad was the only Bear in double figures with 16 points, while grabbing four rebounds and handing out a team-high four assists. Mercer shot just 40 percent from the field and connected on just 14-of-23 from the free throw line. The Bears did score 22 points off of 17 JU turnovers and hit six three-pointers, including three from Clarence Baker.
After leading by nine at the half, 39-30, JU's lead never got above six throughout most of the second half until the Dolphins closed the game on a 9-1 run over the final 3:28. Sheppard hit a short jumper in the lane and then dropped in 1-of-2 free throws on JU's next possession to give the Dolphins a 69-61 lead. Muhammad turned it over on the ensuing possession and Frazier drilled an 18-footer to stretch the lead to 10 with 2:14 to play, before the Bears scored their final point on a Muhammad free throw at the 1:58 mark. Frazier followed with a three, and Brown hit 1-of-2 from the line to seal the 13-point victory.
JU trailed by as many as eight at the 13:36 mark of the first half, but the Dolphins went on an 11-2 run over the next 4:30 to regain the lead, 18-17. Following two ties and one lead change, JU took the lead for good with a 15-6 run over the final 5:06.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday against Troy State at 2 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium. It is the first game of a doubleheader as the JU women take on Samford immediately following at 4:30 p.m.
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