MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2007
Dolphins fall to long range barrage at Troy, 98-80
Dec. 17, 2007
TROY, Ala. - The JU men's basketball team ran into a 3-point barrage on Monday night as Troy University hit 13 treys, with Brandon Hazzard hitting seven on his way to career high 27 to lead the Trojans to their fifth straight win, 98-80.
Hazzard had 22 of his points in the first half, going 6-for-8 from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes for the Trojans (6-4). He was joined by three other Trojans in double figures, with Mario Telfair adding 20.
JU (3-7) dropped its seventh straight despite a season-best effort from Marcus Allen. The junior center led the Dolphins with 19 points and six rebounds.
The difference in the game was the bench scoring, where Troy got 70 points from its bench while the Dolphins had just 16.
"They got some good looks early and you can't let a team like that get hot," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We've got to get everyone on the team contributing for us to be successful."
The 98 points by Troy marked the most allowed by the Dolphins this season and the most since giving up 97 to Mercer on Feb. 16, 2007. JU's 80 points snapped a streak of three straight games in which the Dolphins have failed to score 60 points and is the most scored by JU this season.
The Dolphins finished the game with three players joining Allen in double figures. Ben Smith had 14 points and seven assists. Evan Jefferson, making his first career start, scored 13, hitting three of JU's seven 3-pointers.
JU opened the game quickly, taking an 8-2 lead on an Ayron Hardy basket with 15:38 left in the first half.
The Trojans quickly turned the tables, going on a 13-2 run to take a 15-10 lead on Hazzard's first 3-pointer of the night. The run was sparked by Troy finding the range from beyond the arch, hitting three treys during the spurt.
Troy continued to pull away throughout the rest of the half, hitting another six treys during the final 12 minutes to take a 56-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Dolphins battled in the second half, cutting the deficit to 17 early in the half, but couldn't get any closer as the Trojans thwarted any attempt at a comeback.
Joining Hazzard and Telfair in double figures was Tom Jervis with 11 and O'Darien Bassett with 10.
Jacksonville is off for the Christmas break until Dec. 29 when it wraps up its month-long road trip at South Alabama.
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