Men's hoops falls to Savannah State, 67-64

Nov. 12, 2006

Box Score

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Turnovers and ice-cold shooting doomed the Jacksonville men's basketball team in the Dolphins season opener, as JU fell on the road to Savannah State, 67-64.

JU had four players in double figures, led by senior Jesse Kimrbough's 20. Two freshmen - Lehmon Colbert and Corey Claitt were in double figures as they each scored 13, as well as sophomore Marcus Allen.

Kimbrough led the way on defense as JU forced 30 turnovers, getting 17 steals - Kimbrough responsible for seven of those.

JU struggled shooting, hitting just 23-of-66 from the floor and only hit 8-of-31 in the second half. The Dolphins had trouble handling the ball, turning it over 22 times.

"We played well at times, but we were not able to get the stop we needed," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We created a lot of turnovers, but we got so excited when we got the ball that we turned it right back over."

The second half got off to quick start as JU picked up four quick fouls while Savannah State was able to push a five-point halftime lead into a nine-point lead.

But the Dolphins were able to fight back, cutting the lead to three on several occasions, but never were able get any closer.

"We're going to go back to work at practice and fix the little things that got us today," Warren said. "We did some good things out of the press when we were active. We've just got to do that for 40 minutes."

In the first half, the Dolphins defense was able to force 18 turnovers but were unable to take advantage, falling behind by as many as 10 before cutting the deficit to five at the intermission, 42-37.

Savannah State (2-0) had four players finish in double figures, led by Javon Randolph's 18. Joseph Flegler had 15 points and five assists while Lazarius Coleman had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dolphins return home to christen their new court on Tuesday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena against St. Leo. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.