SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2009
Dolphins wrap up road trip on Monday at Georgia State
After putting a scare into South Carolina on Friday night, the JU men’s basketball team wraps up its season-opening four game road trip with a visit to Georgia State on Monday.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL – with Barry Milligan calling the action. The Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show starts at 6:45 p.m.

While JU (0-3) lost 97-93 to the Gamecocks on Friday, it was by far the best performance by the Dolphins in the young season.

“We played a good game against a good South Carolina team,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “They hit a few more shots than we did. That was the first time this season we have played the way JU basketball is played.”

The Dolphins got a team-high 31 points from Ben Smith, the second-highest single-game output of his career. Smith was red hot late in the game, scoring 19 in the second half.

JU had four players in double figures – the first time this season that there was more than one Dolphin to score 10 or more. The Dolphins hit 50 percent of their shots from the floor and were 7-of-13 from behind the arc.

Just as important was their ability to get to the free throw line and convert. The Dolphins were 24-of-27 at the charity stripe, going 14-of-16 in the second half.

The big problem was JU’s defense and taking care of the basketball.

The Dolphins saw South Carolina shoot 57.4 percent for the game, hitting 6-of-12 from behind the arc – going 5-for-7 from downtown in the second half. JU also turned the ball over 21 times.

The Panthers (3-4) have played six of their first seven games on the road and dropped a 70-66 decision at South Alabama in the South Alabama Thanksgiving Tournament.

This is the second time the two former A-Sun rivals have met since GSU left for the Colonial Athletic Association. Two years ago, Georgia State topped JU at the Arena.