Dolphins rebound with a 68-51 win over USC Upstate

Jan. 27, 2008

Box Score

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After dropping its first game in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Friday night, the question on Cliff Warren's mind on Sunday would be how his team would respond to a loss.

He got his answer quickly as the Dolphins (10-9, 6-1 A-Sun) never trailed in routing USC Upstate (4-16, 2-4 A-Sun) at the Hodge Center on Sunday, 82-65.

JU had a complete team effort with everyone chipping in. The bench scored 24 points, with half of that total coming in the first half. Four Dolphins scored in double figures, with Andre McMillan leading the way with 12 points off the bench.

"We did a good job of executing and had a good effort on defense," Warren said. "This was a complete team game as everyone on the team made a significant contribution."

Ayron Hardy and Lehmon Colbert added 11 points each, with Ben Smith getting 10 points. Colbert led the Dolphins with eight rebounds and Smith dished out nine assists and had three steals as well.

The Dolphins effort was aided by taking care of the basketball, committing a season-low seven turnovers. JU won all the hustle stats as well, out scoring the Spartans in the paint, racking up 23 points off turnovers and 16 second chance points.

The defense held Upstate to 36 percent shooting from the floor, with the Spartans going 3-of-18 from behind the arc.

The win ties the largest margin of victory on the road for the Dolphins since joining the A-Sun in 1998, equaling the margin of 17 in an 82-65 win at Lipscomb in 2004.

Sporting a 17-point halftime lead, the Dolphins put the game out of reach early in the second half. JU extended the lead to 30, 50-20, less than eight minutes into the second half and cruised to the win.

USC Upstate got 10 points from Jeremy Byrd, with Bobby Davis adding eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Dolphins took the lead early in the game and closed the half on an 11-3 run to take a 33-16 lead into the locker room at halftime. JU held the Spartans to just 28 percent shooting in the opening stanza, including a 0-for-7 performance from 3-point land.

JU is back in action on Thursday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena against Campbell. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.