SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2003
Dolphins Down Florida Atlantic, 74-63

Jan 18, 2003

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Senior forward Calvin Warner scored a game-high 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots as Jacksonville used a late 12-2 run to pull away from Florida Atlantic and claim a 74-63 victory over the Owls at the FAU gym. It was the third-straight win for the Dolphins, who improved to 7-9 overall, 2-2 in A-Sun Play. FAU, playing its first home game since Dec. 3, fell to 4-12, 0-4 in league play.

Kevin Sheppard added 16 points, seven assists and a season-high five steals for JU, while James Daniels scored 14 and had four of the Dolphins' 14 steals. JU forced the Owls into 21 turnovers and limited FAU to just 3-20 shooting from outside the arc. Sheppard and Daniels held the Owls' leading scorer, Earnest Crumbley, to just eight points on 3-13 shooting. The Dolphins, meanwhile, shot 52 percent from the floor and outscored FAU, 46-26, in the paint.

The Owls cut into JU's 37-30 halftime lead with a 9-2 run early in the second half and trailed 47-46 following a pair of Jeff Cowans free throws with 12:14 to play. Leading 53-50 at the 9:36 mark, Warner capped a 9-2 JU run with the Dolphins' only three-pointer of the game to push the JU lead to 62-52 with 6:14 remaining. FAU answered with six-straight points to narrow the lead to four, but the Dolphins forced the owls into five turnovers and 1-10 shooting in the final five-plus minutes to extend the lead to as much as 14.

After tying the game at 9-9 on a pair of Warner free throws at the 13:09 mark of the first half, the Dolphins never trailed again, leading by as much as 10 in the first half. Warner scored 15 of his points in the second half. The Dolphins allowed a season-high 25 offensive rebounds, which led to 23 second-chance points for the Owls. FAU outerbounded JU, 44-33, for the game, including 27-14 in the second half.

Avery Headley led the Owls with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Nick Neumann added 12 points, 13 boards and three blocks. Crumbley handed out a game-high eight assists and had five steals.