SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2003
Dolphins Crush Florida Atlantic, 89-54
Feb. 15, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On a night when Jacksonville University head coach Hugh Durham was honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to coaching his 1,000th career game, the JU Dolphins scored a season-high 89 points in a convincing 89-54 win over Florida Atlantic Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins won for the eighth time in the last 11 games to improve to 12-12 overall, 7-5 in the Atlantic Sun, while winning their fifth-straight home game. Durham became just the 5th active Division I coach (17th all-time) to reach 1,000 career games.
Senior guard James Daniels (Port St. Joe, Fla.) matched a career best with a game-high 22 points and senior forward Calvin Warner (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor as JU shot a season-best 57 percent and improved to 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points. The Dolphins hit eight three-pointers, four from Daniels, and handed out 19 assists on 34 baskets. Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) added 17 points and seven assists, and now has 394 career assists. The Dolphin defense limited FAU to just 28 percent shooting from the floor, including 4-of-20 three-pointers, and outrebounded the Owls, 47-35. Senior center Ryan Lewis (New Orleans, La.) led the defensive effort with six of JU's 11 blocks to move into a tie for seventh-place alongside Kris Hunter with 114 career blocks at JU.
The Dolphins jumped out to a huge 50-25 halftime lead behind 67 percent shooting, including six three-pointers and 14 first-half points from Daniels. Sheppard added 11 in the first half as JU scored 20 fast-break points and dominated the paint, 30-12. The second half was much of the same as the Dolphins finished with 31 fast-break points and 53 points in the paint.
Earnest Crumbley paced the Owls with 17 points, while Jeff Cowans added 15 points and seven rebounds. Warner had a team-high nine rebounds for the Dolphins, while Nolan McBride (Hartford, Conn.) grabbed a career-best eight boards.
JU returns to action on Tuesday as the Dolphins travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia State at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Southeast - channel 81 on local cable.
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