FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
JU runs past Kennesaw State, 75-60
A strong effort on both ends of the floor led the JU men's basketball team to a 75-60 win over Kennesaw State in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Friday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Ayron Hardy filled up the stat sheet for JU (18-8, 12-5 A-Sun), scoring a team-high 15 points to go along with his four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals.
JU had three players finish in double figures with nine of the 11 Dolphins playing scoring at least three points in the contest for the fourth straight season sweep of the Owls (8-19, 6-11 A-Sun).
"We did a good job at times of contesting shots and getting up the floor for some easy baskets in transition," said JU head coach Cliff Warren.
The transition game was a big weapon for JU as the Dolphins scored 16 fast break points, thanks in part to forcing 18 turnovers which were cashed in for 15 points.
Hardy's big night was aided by Delwan Graham and Tevin Galvin. Graham had 13 points, five rebounds and five steals while Galvin picked up his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Much like the first meeting a month ago, JU jumped out to an early - taking a 30-17 lead in the first 11 minutes with Galvin capping an 8-0 spurt with a pair of free throws. The Dolphins eventually pushed the lead to 18 before taking a 44-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.
KSU came out with a run to start the second half, cutting the lead to 11, 49-38, on a 3-pointer by Markeith Cummings with 15:36 left in the game.
Jacksonville snuffed out the early run by answering with nine straight points, capping the run with a steal by Graham that was cashed in for a free throw.
The Owls cut the deficit back to 10, 59-49, with 9:24 left on a Spencer Dixon jumper to end an 11-1 run. But JU answered again, quashing the KSU rally by pushing the lead back to 19 over the next five minutes - capping the run with back-to-back dunks by Keion Palmer.
Cummings led the Owls with a game-high 18 points. Dixon added 14 while LaDaris Green had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
JU wraps up its home schedule on Sunday with Senior Day for Ayron Hardy and Travis Cohn against Mercer. Tipoff is set for 5:15 p.m.