MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2002
Basketball Falls To UNC Wilmington, 81-62
Dec. 30, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior guard Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) led all scorers with 22 points and became the 23rd player in JU history to eclipse 1,000 career points, but UNC Wilmington had four players in double figures led by Brett Blizzard's 21 points to post an 81-62 victory over the Dolphins Monday night at Swisher Gymnasium. It was the fourth-straight win for the Seahawks, while JU dropped its second straight.
Blizzard scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half as UNCW (6-3) shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor, including 11 three-pointers, and took a 47-32 halftime lead. Senior forward Craig Callahan added 16 points and seven boards for the Seahawks, who did not cool off much in the second half hitting 13-of-26 shots to finish 55 percent from the field for the game. UNC Wilmington had 18 assists and just nine turnovers in the game.
Senior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) posted his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Dolphins, while senior guard James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) hit 3-of-4 three-pointers to finish with 11 points. JU (4-7) shot 50 percent from the field, but connected on just 9-of-20 from the line. Sheppard's 15th point, which came on the second of back-to-back three-pointers with 9:36 to play in the game, pushed him over the 1,000-point plateau (1,008) as he became the first Dolphin since Micah Ross in 1998 to reach the scoring milestone.
With the Dolphins trailing 30-24 at the 7:32 mark of the first half, Blizzard scored five quick points to spark a 15-5 UNCW run and give the Seahawks a 45-28 lead. Tabari Brown (Brunswick, Ga.) hit back-to-back buckets to cut the JU deficit to 15 at the half.
Anthony Terrell scored seven-straight points to open the second half and give UNCW a 54-32 advantage at the 16:47 mark. The Dolphins answered with a 9-2 run to pull within 15 with 12:42 to play thanks to six consecutive points from Sheppard and a Daniels' three, but the Seahawks responded with a 5-0 run to push the lead back to 20 and never looked back.
JU opens Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday against Troy State at noon at Swisher Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live by the Sunshine Network and Fox Sports South.
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