SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010
JU wraps up non-conference slate at Savannah State on Monday
After pulling out two straight low scoring wins, the JU men’s basketball team dips out of conference play for the final time this season as they start a five-game road trip at Savannah State on Monday.

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

JU (10-8, 7-3 A-Sun) has rebounded from a 0-3 start in conference play to pull within a half-game of first place Campbell with seven straight wins.

“While we have played well, we still have a lot of room for improvement,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Our goal is to keep getting better each day and become more consistent for 40 minutes.”

A big part of JU’s run is its stingy defense. The Dolphins have held their last two opponents to less than 25 points in the second half to overcome halftime deficits. Topping it off, five of JU’s opponents have failed to hit 40 percent from the floor.

In the last two games, JU has come out ice cold in the first half. The Dolphins hit 25 percent from the floor against UNF and saw that number go down to 24.1 percent against Upstate.

With the shots not falling, the Dolphins have crashed the boards – owning an advantage on the glass in each of the last eight games. JU recorded 12 second chance points in the win over Upstate and had 19 against North Florida.

Pacing the offense has been Ben Smith and Lehmon Colbert. Smith has scored in double figures in 14 straight games, the longest streak of his career. Colbert has rebounded from his one-game suspension which saw him miss the Stetson game to score in double figures in the last four games – pulling down two double-doubles in the process.

While they put up double figures, the bench has stepped up its play as well. The Dolphins bench has scored at least 20 points in three of the last five games.

LONG STREAK ROLLING: JU’s seven game winning streak has catapulted the Dolphins back into the A-Sun title race as well as one of the longest active streaks in the country. Jacksonville’s seven-game streak is tied for the 13th longest active streak in the country. Kentucky leads the list with 19 straight.

FORMER ASSISTANT COACH PASSES AWAY: Art Tolis, an assistant coach at JU under Tom Wasdin from 1970-73, passed away this weekend after a lengthy battle with cancer. His family has asked that in lieu of flowers to please donate to one’s charity of choice in his name.