THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2010
Dolphins face Belmont in A-Sun Game of the Week
Two of the hottest teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference will hook up on Friday in the A-Sun Game of the Week when JU starts a two-game trip to the Music City against Belmont.

JU (13-8, 9-3 A-Sun) sits atop the league standings having won 10 in a row while Belmont (13-10, 8-5 A-Sun) has won four of its last five to move into the title race.

The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST). JU has planned a “watch party” with Chicago Pizza at the Landing, starting at 6:30 p.m., as JU will also be hosting a lacrosse kickoff party.

Fans can also follow the radio broadcast as Barry Milligan calls the action on 1010XL or watch the game live on the Internet at ASun.TV or ESPN360.com.

“Belmont is playing well right now and is always tough at home,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We have stressed every day in practice that we have to get better. Championships aren’t given out in February.”

Last season, these two teams met on the final day of the regular season and battled into overtime, with Marcus Allen hitting a 3-pointer with just over 35 seconds left to lift the Dolphins to their first ever conference regular season title.

Now, these two teams meet with different looks than they did last February.

The Dolphins are riding high on the 10-game winning streak, thanks in large part to the scoring duo of Lehmon Colbert and Ben Smith. While they are putting up big points every night, it’s the tenacious defense that has spurred JU’s winning streak.

Only twice during the streak has JU given up 70 points or more in a game. The Dolphins have regularly held their opponents to less than 40 percent shooting and have forced more turnovers in every game but one.

Belmont meanwhile has found its shooting stroke, hitting more than 10 3-pointers in three of the last four games. The Bruins hit seven 3-pointers in the first meeting in Jacksonville on Jan. 16, with Mick Hedgepath coming off the bench to lead Belmont with 17 points.