Men's basketball knocks off Florida Tech, 89-60

Nov. 22, 2006

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team was looking to pickup where it left off against Florida last week.

The Dolphins (2-2) did that and then some as five players scored in double figures as JU knocked off Florida Tech at home, 89-60, on Wednesday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Evan Jefferson and Tyrone Curnell led the Dolphins with 18 points apiece, both new career highs. Jefferson's scoring came courtesy of a career-best four 3-pointers while Curnell had a team-high eight rebounds.

Freshman point guard Ben Smith picked up the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 assists.

"We did a good job of executing today and they showed in how we played," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "A lot of guys played quality minutes and made plays when their number was called. It was a good win, but we've got to continue working on getting better each time out."

JU dominated the game - scoring 52 points in the paint, 24 points off turnovers and 21 second-chance points. The Dolphins hit six 3-pointers, four by Jefferson, and shot better than 50 percent in the second half.

The Dolphins enjoyed a 47-39 advantage on the glass, with 20 of JU's rebounds coming on the offensive end.

Jesse Kimbrough scored 11 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals. Marcus Allen scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds while dishing out three assists, getting two blocks and snagging three steals.

The Dolphins jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first four minutes and then scored 13 unanswered en route to a 46-27 lead at halftime, the third highest scoring half in the Cliff Warren era at JU.

The second half was all JU as the Dolphins eventually pushed the lead to 30 at one point before the final margin.

Florida Tech (1-2) got a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds from Justin Sedlak off the bench. Arthyr Richardson added 13 points for the Panthers.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday at home against South Carolina State. The second half of the doubleheader with the JU women is scheduled for 7 p.m.