SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2012
Atlanta duo leads JU past Kenensaw State, 66-50
Aloys Cabell and Delwan Graham return to their old stomping grounds on Saturday and led the Jacksonville men’s basketball to its second straight win, a 66-50 victory over Kennesaw State.
Graham had a game-high and career-best 19 points while Cabell added 16 points as the Dolphins (4-15, 2-6 A-Sun) took control early and never released the lead they gained in the opening minutes thanks to the Atlanta natives.
Graham had 11 points in the first half, the fourth time this season he has scored in double figures in a half. He finished the game by hitting 7-of-9 from the floor to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Cabell answered Graham in the second half with 10 of his points coming late in the game.
“We started making shot early and that gave us a lot of energy,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We played with a lot of intensity on both ends and were fortunate enough to get a win.”
Jacksonville owned a 13-rebound advantage and scored 19 second chance points to go with 32 points in the paint. The Dolphins defense held KSU to just one 3-pointer and forced 17 turnovers, cashing them in for 21 points.
Sporting a 10-point lead early in the half, JU pushed the lead to 22 midway through the half and saw KSU make a run to cut it to 14, but were never in danger of relinquishing the lead.
Kennesaw State (3-17, 0-8 A-Sun) was led by Aaron Anderson’s 17 points and 11 rebounds. Markeith Cummings added 16 points.
Aloys Cabell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer ended a five-point spurt to give JU a 30-20 lead at the half, ending a KSU rally that had cut the lead to five. JU trailed 2-0, took the lead on a Tevin Galvin 3-pointer with 18:30 left in the first half and never trailed again.
The Dolphins wrap up their tour of Georgia on Monday night when they face Mercer at 7 p.m.