THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010
Strong second half leads JU past Bethune-Cookman, 67-60
The JU men’s basketball team was able to shake off the rust from a 10-day layoff in time to beat Bethune-Cookman, 67-60, to wrap up non-conference play on Thursday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Three Dolphins (8-3) scored in double figures, led by Travis Cohn’s 14 points. Delwan Graham added 12 and Russell Powell had 10 as eight of the 12 Dolphins that played scored three points or more in the contest.
Jacksonville rallied from a six-point halftime deficit by hitting 13-of-18 from the floor (72.2 percent) in the second half and 14-of-19 at the free throw line.
The defense shined in the second half as well, holding the Wildcats to just 7-of-26 shooting (26.9 percent).
“The team listened to the message at halftime and played much better in the second half,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We did a good job of turning the tempo in our favor and forcing them to play a little faster than they wanted.
Trailing at halftime for just the second time this season, JU rallied from as much as a seven-point deficit, using an 11-2 run to take a 43-41 lead on a Cohn layup with 11:34 left in regulation.
But holding the lead became tenuous for JU and the two teams traded the lead nine times and were tied eight times in the second half.
With the game tied at 58 with 3:06 left, the Dolphins finished the game on a 9-2 run – with Cohn scoring the first four points of the run and icing the game with a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left.
Bethune-Cookman (5-8) stayed in the game by hitting all 22 of its free throw attempts, with C.J. Reed hitting 13 of those en route to a game-high 22 points.
The Wildcats ended the half by scoring the eight of the final nine points, including three free throws by Reed with 0.3 seconds left to give BCU a 32-26 lead at halftime. It is only the second time this season that JU has trailed at halftime.
The Dolphins dive back into Atlantic Sun Conference play on Monday when they travel to face Campbell. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.