SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2010
Dolphins riding momentum into SunTrust River City Rumble matchup
Fresh off of its fourth double-digit win in the last five games, the JU men’s basketball team continues its homestand on Monday night as the Dolphins host UNF in the SunTrust River City Rumble matchup in Swisher Gymnasium.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., with all JU fans encouraged to wear white for the “White Out” planned by the JU students. The game is sold out, but fans without a ticket will be able to catch the game on television on Comcast Sports Southeast or on the Internet at ASun.TV or ESPN360.com. Radio listeners can follow along with Barry Milligan and Artis Gilmore on 1010XL, starting at 7:45 p.m.
JU (8-8, 5-3 A-Sun) has won five in a row after a convincing 82-66 win on Saturday against Belmont. The Dolphins have won seven of their last eight to get back to .500 on the season after a 1-7 start against one of the hardest non-conference schedules in the country.
The key to the Dolphins winning streak has been its defense. JU has held its opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor in six of the last eight games.
“Whether or not your shots are going down, you can still give 100 percent on defense,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Our young men realize that if they do their job on defense, we can get some good looks in transition.”
One of the major contributors against Belmont was senior forward Lehmon Colbert.
The Roberta, Ga. native scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the first double-double by a Dolphin this season. Colbert’s season has seen him plagued by a number of nagging injuries, with him missing five games this season.
“We challenge Lehmon every day in practice that he should average a double-double,” Warren said.
Senior guard Ben Smith saw his amazing streak of eight straight games with 20 points or more come to an end with 17 against Belmont. It did extend his streak of consecutive games in double figures to 12, the second longest streak of his career.
While those two garnered the headlines, the defense had another spectacular game. JU blocked a season-high nine shots, with Glenn Powell setting a new season high with three.
Topping it off was JU holding the Bruins to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor and limited Belmont to just seven 3-pointers.
The Dolphins current five-game winning streak marks the 20th time in program history that JU has won five in a row. It is also the third straight season that JU has put together a streak of significant length.
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