MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2002
Men's Basketball Drops Decision To Troy State, 76-61
Jan 28, 2002
The Jacksonville Dolphins fell to the Troy State Trojans 76-61 in a crucial Atlantic Sun matchup. The loss to the Trojans dropped the Dolphins to a half game behind TSU in the A-Sun standings. JU shot only 33.3 percent from the field and a dismal 28.1 percent from behind the arc.
"We just didn't play well tonight," head coach Hugh Durham said. "We didn't shoot the ball well tonight, especially from the perimeter. You can't win against good teams shooting the ball like that."
TSU also outrebounded the Dolphins 49-40.
"We just didn't get the rebounds when we needed them," Durham said. "The key to the game in my opinion was in the second half. The score was 52-50 and we gave them three or four shots at the basket." Feeding off a raucous crowd, the Trojans kept the Dolphins from scoring a single point in the final eight minutes of the game, and forced JU into committing 17 turnovers.
"They had a nice crowd here tonight," Durham said. "It wasn't the crowd that made the difference, though. It was the play of Troy State. I've found that the hard places to play are the places that have good players, and Troy State has good players. They really kept us from ever getting on track tonight. "We had too many turnovers tonight. We didn't do a good job of taking care of the ball, and they did. I think they turned it over twice in the second half."
Junior guard Kevin Sheppard came into the game averaging 14.3 points, but was help to five points against TSU. The Dolphins got the bulk of their offense from junior guard Travis Robinson, who recorded his first career double double. Robinson scored 20 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Dolphins. Junior forward Tabari Brown also recorded a career high in rebounds with 12.
No other Dolphin scored in double figures.
"We just couldn't get the ball in the basket tonight," Durham said. 'We had several chances when the game was close, and we just could not put the ball in."
TSU was led by senior forward Lamayn Wilson. Wilson led all scorers with 22 points. In the two team's first matchup, Wilson was held to a career-low four points.
The Dolphins will return home for a Feb. 2 matchup with the Georgia State Panthers for another key crucial-conference matchup.
JU broke the Panthers 25-game home-winning streak earlier this season. Tipoff for JU's matchup with the Panthers is set for 2 p.m.
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