SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2002
Men's Basketball Holds On For 74-71 Win Over Troy State
Jan. 19, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior guard Travis Robinson (Gastonia, N.C.) came off the bench to score a season-high 26 points in 19 minutes, while senior center Ali Kaba (Sanniquelle, Liberia) pulled down a career-best 19 rebounds, as JU outlasted Troy State, 74-71, in a physical Atlantic Sun contest Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium. It is the fourth straight win for the Dolphins and the eighth win in the last nine games. JU improved to 14-5 overall, 8-2 in league play and is off to its best start since 1979-80.
The game featured 54 fouls and 64 foul shots as the two teams battled for first-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference. JU remains in a tie for first with Samford (11-7, 8-2), which defeated Georgia State 63-59 on Saturday, while Troy State (10-6, 6-3) drops back into third place.
With JU leading 62-59, Robinson hit 9-of-11 free throws in the final 4:30 as the Dolphins hung on for the win. JU extended the lead to as much as nine, 72-63, with 36 seconds to play, but the Trojans went on an 8-2 run in the next 22 seconds to pull within one. Robert Rushing scored on back-to-back possessions and then Rob Lewin slammed home a missed layup by Lamayn Wilson to pull Troy State within three. Following a JU turnover, Lewin hit another shot in the lane for the Trojans' final points with 14 seconds to play. Robinson hit two free throws a second later to seal the game for JU, which led the final 14:24 of the game.
James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) added 16 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Dolphins, while Antwan Robertson (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) added 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, and held Wilson - the Trojans' top scorer - to just four points on 2-of-12 shooting. The Dolphins also grabbed a season-best 54 rebounds and limited Troy State to a season-low 2-of-23 shooting from outside the arc.
Lewin led four Trojans in double figures with 17, while grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Rushing added 15, while Ben Fletcher and Craig Lovell each scored 10. Troy State connected on just 19-of-30 free throws and shot just 35 percent from the floor, but did score 24 points off 19 JU turnovers.
JU led by as much as 12 in the first half with 2:10 to play, but the Trojans went on a 7-0 run to cut the JU lead to 37-32 at the half. Troy State extended the run to 12-0 with five straight points to open the second half and tied the game at 37 following a Lovell layup and Rushing three-pointer, but the Dolphins broke their 4:39 scoring drought with a driving basket by Daniels at the 17:31 mark.
JU returns to action at Stetson on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It is the first of three straight road games for the dolphins, who have won five consecutive games away from home for the first time since 1986-87.
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