FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010
Dolphins set for key game against USC Upstate on Saturday
A year ago, the JU men’s basketball team was on a nine-game winning streak and had just taken sole possession of first place when USC Upstate came calling last year. That came to a screeching halt when the Spartans came away with a 70-59 win.

On Saturday, those same Spartans (3-15, 3-6 A-Sun) will make the trek to Swisher Gymnasium where they look to snap JU’s (9-8, 6-3) current six-game winning streak at 3:15 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan and Artis Gilmore calling the action. The Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show airs at 3 p.m.

The Spartans are hot as well, having won two straight including a 64-50 win over North Florida on Thursday.

“Upstate is a tough team that plays hard and its very tough to score against,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Our guys know that we have to play well and do a good job of keeping them off the glass, which has been pivotal to our success.”

Jacksonville survived its worst shooting performance of the season against North Florida its last time out on Monday, pulling out a gutty 62-55 win. The Dolphins hit just 17-of-62 from the floor (27.4 percent), with just one 3-pointer on 13 attempts.

JU’s offensive came out of its misses. The Dolphins scored 19 second chance points and held the Ospreys to just two. Lehmon Colbert was a big part of the Dolphins charge on the glass, recording his second straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, seven of those coming on the offensive end.

JU also thrived at the free throw line, hitting 27-of-33 at the stripe, with Ben Smith hitting all 10 attempts to lead the Dolphins with 18 points, his 13th straight game in double figures.

With the recent hot streak, Jacksonville has pulled off of an 0-5 hole for the second straight season to get back above .500.