Dolphin Defense Stifles Savannah State, 73-53

Jan. 13, 2003

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Jacksonville used a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring to defeat Savannah State, 73-53, Monday night in non-conference action at Swisher Gymnasium. JU (6-9), which has beaten the Tigers in all six meetings, won its second-straight game and gave head coach Hugh Durham his 597th career win and his 70th win at Jacksonville. Durham is just three wins shy of becoming the 10th active Division I coach with 600 career victories.

JU limited Savannah St. (1-13) to just 25 percent shooting from the field, including 20 percent (3-15) from the three-point line. The Dolphins also out-rebounded the Tigers, 51-34, and blocked 11 shots, four of which came from senior center Ryan Lewis (New Orleans, La.) off the bench. Lewis' first block of the game was his 100th career rejection. Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists, and passed former Dolphin Vaughn Wedeking for fifth place on the JU all-time assists chart with 360 career assists.

Warner, who shot 8-of-15 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, also recorded two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes of action. Tabari Brown (Brunswick, Ga.) added nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in just 20 minutes. JU had nine different players score in the game.

JU jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the first six minutes and never looked back building a 42-21 halftime advantage thanks to 16 first-half points from Warner and a stifling defense which forced Savannah St. into 7-of-31 shooting. The Dolphins extended the lead to 51-25 with a 9-4 run to start the second half and led by as much as 25 with 3:13 to play. JU hit 11-of-21 shots in the second half and connected on 20-of-28 free throws for the game.

The Dolphins return to Atlantic Sun Conference action at Florida Atlantic on Saturday and at UCF on Monday.