UCF uses strong 3-point shooting to top JU, 99-62

Nov. 27, 2006

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting buzz saw on Monday night.

UCF (5-0) hit 12 3-pointers, sparked by Josh Peppers' six on his way to 24 points, as the Golden Knights snapped JU's two-game winning streak with a 99-62 win.

JU (3-3) was unable to answer the red-hot shooting as Ben Smith led four Dolphins in double figures with 14.

"We didn't do a good job on their shooters early, they got some confidence and everyone just got on a roll while we didn't do a good job contesting shots," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We're going to go back to work and focus on getting better as we start conference play this week."

The Golden Knights shot 65 percent from the floor, going 12-of-19 from behind the arc. UCF had four players score in double figures while all 12 players that played scored.

To top it off, UCF had 26 assists to go with their 34 baskets while forcing JU into 19 turnovers.

The game turned late in the first half, after JU had made a run to cut a 13-point lead to six, 41-35. UCF closed the half on a 9-1 run to take a 50-36 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Golden Knights picked up right where they left off in the second half, outscoring JU 25-4 over the first six minutes of the second half to put the game away.

Marcus Allen added 13 points for JU whit a team-high five rebounds. Lehmon Colbert and Evan Jefferson added 11 points apiece for the Dolphins.

Jesse Kimbrough was held to less than 10 points for the first time this season, scoring just seven points, put dished out seven assists.

Joining Peppers in double figures for UCF were three players off the bench. Tony Davis had 14, Jermaine Taylor had 12 and Stanley Billings added 10.

The Dolphins open Atlantic Sun Conference play on Thursday with a two-game trip in Nashville, starting with Lipscomb. Tipoff is set for 9:15 p.m. EST.