(AP) - Sophomore Lehmon Colbert scored a career-high 20 points to lead Jacksonville to a 79-63 win over Savannah State today 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.
The Tigers (1-1) 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.