SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2002
Men's Basketball Holds Off Jacksonville St., 100-98 In 3OT

Feb 9, 2002

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Ala.

Kevin Sheppard scored 13 of his career-high 29 points in overtime as the Dolphins shot a season-best 57 percent to claim a wild, 100-98, triple overtime win over Jacksonville State at the Pete Matthews Coliseum. The win moves JU (17-9, 11-6 A-Sun) back into second place in the A-Sun just a game behind Troy State. It is just the second triple overtime game in JU history and the first since 1981. JU completed the season sweep of JSU after winning the first meeting on a last-second shot in Jacksonville.

The two teams combined for 70 points in the extra sessions after battling to a 64-64 tie in regulation in a game which game featured 12 ties and 21 lead changes. JU finished with five players in double figures. James Daniels had 21, including 11 in overtime, while Antwan Robertson added 17 and Calvin Warner had 13. Travis Robinson recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Sheppard hit a career-best 13-of-19 shots and handed out five assists, while playing a career-high 52 minutes. He played the final 21:51 of the game with four fouls.

The Dolphins connected on 17-of-21 free throws in the game, while the Gamecocks hit just 23-of-39 from the line. Josh Perry had a career-best 28 points to lead four Gamecocks in double figures. Poonie Richardson added 18 points, four rebounds and six assists.

JU had a chance to win on the final possession in regulation, but Warner's 12-footer from the baseline fell short. JU led by as many as five in the first overtime, but Scott Watson's three with 44 seconds to play tied the game at 73. Sheppard hit a lay-up in traffic to give the Dolphins a two-point lead, but Perry hit his eighth point of the extra session with one second to play and forced the second overtime.

The Gamecocks grabbed a four-point lead in the second overtime on a three by Richardson, but JU answered with back-to-back threes by Robinson and Daniels to regain the lead. Watson and Warner each hit 1-of-2 from the line, and then Richardson hit two free throws with two seconds to play to force a third overtime.

JU took control in the third overtime period and led by as many as seven with nine seconds to play.