SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
JU stops skid with rout of Kennesaw State, 87-59
After watching a second half lead evaporate on Thursday, the JU men’s basketball team was not going to leave any doubt against Kennesaw State on Saturday night.
The Dolphins (12-6, 6-3 A-Sun) snapped a two-game losing streak by opening the game on a 30-5 run as they cruised to an 87-59 win in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
“We were focused right from the start and looked sharp tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We did a good job of sharing the basketball and when we come out focused on offense and defense, we’re a pretty good team.”
Travis Cohn scored a career-high 24 points, leading four Dolphins in double figures, as he became the first JU player to score 20 points in a game this year. The 87 points ties the most by the Dolphins in a game this year.
“Travis shot well tonight and was able to get to the free throw line to get some points,” Warren said. “When he made some shots early, his teammates started looking for him and getting him the ball in spots to score.”
JU opened up a 27 point halftime lead and pushed to 31 in the second half thanks to a strong shooting night. The Dolphins hit 49.2 percent from the floor, with seven 3-pointers, the most by JU since they hit eight in the season opener at Miami.
Delwan Graham picked up the first double-double of his career for JU, scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Glenn Powell added 18 points while Ayron Hardy had 13.
Warren talked about sharing the basketball and the Dolphins dished out a season-best 17 assists on 31 baskets, with Russell Powell leading the way with four.
JU’s defense was stifling as well. The Owls hit just 35.7 percent from the floor, including a 5-for-25 performance in the first half that gave the Dolphins a 44-17 lead at intermission.
KSU got 20 points from Markeith Cummings, with 17 in the second half. LaDaris Green had 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.
The Dolphins return to the hardwood for the first edition of the SunTrust River City Rumble at UNF on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.