Men's hoops races past Clark-Atlanta, 80-56

Nov. 2, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU men's basketball team made good use of its exhibition game as nine Dolphins scored, including three in double figures, en route to an 80-56 win over Clark-Atlanta at Swisher Gymnasium Friday night.

Marcus Allen led all scorers with 21 points and finished with a double-double, recording 11 rebounds. Sophomore Lehmon Colbert added 18 points and four rebounds.

"There are a lot of positives to take out of tonight, but there are a lot of things that we still have to work on," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We're a young team, but we've got a lot of work to do to get ready for the season opener."

The Dolphins shot the ball well, hitting more than 50 percent from the floor in the contest. JU hit six 3-pointers in the game, with Smith knocking down two.

JU also ruled the boards, holding a 35-21 advantage, and got a solid defensive effort in the second half. The Dolphins held the Panthers to just 8-of-24 shooting in the second half and a total of 24 points.

The second half also saw strong scoring efforts from Ben Smith and Colbert. Smith scored eight of his nine points in the second stanza while Colbert put up 13 in the second half.

Smith also picked up six steals, dished out two assists and three rebounds in directing the JU offense.

Clark-Atlanta got 16 points from Ale Burt in a losing effort.

JU opens its season on Nov. 11 against Savannah State in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.