JU looks to stay alone in first at USC Upstate
A year ago, the JU men’s basketball team was alone in first place when USC Upstate ended a nine-game winning streak.

On Sunday, the Dolphins (12-8, 8-3 A-Sun) will put first place on the line when they travel to face the Spartans (3-17, 3-8 A-Sun) at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the action. Fans can also follow via the live blog on

Back on Jan. 2, Jacksonville was 0-3 in A-Sun play but the Dolphins rallied around each other and now sit atop the league standings with nine games left in the regular season.

“We have to keep working to get better each day,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “The next game on the schedule is the biggest of the season and we know we have a tall task against USC Upstate.”

JU’s winning streak has seen the Dolphins win in various ways.

Jacksonville has won high scoring contests, putting up 79 points or more in five of the wins. The Dolphins have won low scoring games, pulling out two wins when scoring 65 points or less.

There have been blowouts (39 vs. Kennesaw State), close games (four points at Savannah State)and second half rallies (vs. UNF and vs. USC Upstate).

On top of that has been spectacular performances. Lehmon Colbert has three double-doubles during the streak, including a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds at UNF on Friday. Ben Smith put up 31 points at Savannah State, hitting two free throws in the closing seconds to put the game on ice.

The duo has combined to average 35.3 points per game during the streak, moving into second place among the highest scoring duos in school history.

JU will be looking to learn from its mistakes last year when they had sole possession of first place. The Dolphins dropped three of their five games when they were alone on top of the standings.