THURSDAY, JANUARY 04, 2007
Men's basketball routs Campbell, 90-71
Jan. 4, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first five minutes wasn't what Cliff Warren had in mind.
But the final 35 minutes was as the Dolphins ran away with a 90-71 win in Atlantic Sun Conference play against Campbell on Thursday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
After trailing by five in the opening moments, the Dolphins used a 15-0 run in the first half and a 53-point second half to rout the Camels (6-6, 1-1 A-Sun) for their sixth straight win at home.
JU (6-8, 2-2 A-Sun) got career nights from several players, namely freshman Tyrone Curnell, who scored 20 points, a new career high. Marcus Allen also had a big night for the Dolphins, getting his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
"We had a good effort for 40 minutes tonight, which showed in our play," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "This was a team effort tonight. Everyone on the team contributed to this win. We're going to back to work this weekend and get ready for a big week."
The Dolphins had four players in double figures, with Lehmon Colbert picking up his first career double-double as well, scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Jesse Kimbrough added to the offensive fireworks for the Dolphins, scoring 17 points - 15 in the second half. Ben Smith was one of the catalyst for the JU, dishing out a game-high nine assists to go with seven points and three steals.
JU owned the glass, holding a 47-20 rebounding edge - with 21 of the rebounds coming on the offensive glass. The Dolphins also hit 17-of-18 from the free throw line, tying the fifth best shooting night in school history.
The second half was where JU put the game away. Leading by seven at the intermission, the Dolphins hit better than 50 percent of their shots in the second half, going 19-of-33, including four 3-pointers.
After Campbell cut the lead to two early, the Dolphins roared back, scoring nine unanswered to push the lead to 11. After the Camels cut the lead to nine, JU went on a 14-2 run to push the lead to 21 with just over eight minutes remaining.
From there it was all JU as the Dolphins knocked down all 10 of their free throws down the stretch.
Campbell had four players score in double figures, led by Ledell Eackles 17.
The Dolphins return to action on Tuesday at crosstown rival North Florida. The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
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