Colbert leads Jacksonville to 79-63 win over Savannah State
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—Sophomore Lehmon Colbert scored a career-high 20 points to lead Jacksonville to a 79-63 win over Savannah State Sunday in the Dolphins season opener.
Colbert scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half when the Dolphins broke away from a 30-all tie at intermission. Jacksonville used an 8-1 run early in the half and had an 11-2 surge at the midway point of the half to open up a 60-48 lead with just over nine minutes left in the game. Colbert hit two baskets and guard Ben Smith converted four consecutive free throws to lead the second run.
Jacksonville held a double-digit lead the final seven minutes of the game and took their largest advantage of 18 points at 71-53 with just under four minutes left to play.
After hitting 45 percent of their shots in the second half, Savannah State (1-1) fell to just 28 percent in the final twenty minutes, connecting on 8-of-28 shots as they were outscored 49-33. The Tigers were led by Raye Bailey’s 13 points.
Smith added 18 points for the Dolphins, including 14-of-15 from the free throw line. Jacksonville hit on all but 10 of their 41 free throw attempts.
Jacksonville finished with 44 percent shooting from the floor but had a cold night from 3-point range, hitting on just 4 of 18 tries beyond the arc.