FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Dolphins wrap up road trip at Mercer
With a fourth straight winning season clinched, the JU men’s basketball team looks to keep its momentum going as they wrap up their road trip in the Peach State at Mercer.

It will be a homecoming for five Dolphins, including the top scoring duo in school history – Ben Smith and Lehmon Colbert, who have combined for 3,285 points during their stellar careers. They are two Georgia natives who will be bringing a huge following to the game, joining fellow Dolphins Chris Edwards, Russell Powell and Josh Sparks.

The Dolphins (16-10, 12-5 A-Sun) remain in a tie atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings entering the final three games and will look to keep their share when the game tips off on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

Fans can listen to the game on 1010XL in Jacksonville as well as 1010XL.com, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play, as well as watching live on ASun.TV and the live blog on JUDolphins.com.

“We continue to get better each day – whether it’s in practice or a game,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We have a long way to go to reach the goals that we set for this season.”

While also becoming the all-time leaders as a scoring duo, Colbert and Smith became the first Dolphins to go their entire four-year career without suffering a losing season.

On Thursday, JU rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to top Kennesaw State for the Dolphins third straight win with three Dolphins scoring in double figures.

Colbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and the tenth of his career. He had 11 points in the second half, leading JU’s comeback.

The Dolphins defense stepped up its play as well in the second half. KSU hit just 9-of-26 from the floor in the second half, with Markeith Cummings, who scored 17 in the first half, getting just seven points in the final 20 minutes.

FREE ADMISSION ON THURSDAY: Thanks to the MPS Group and 1010XL, the Dolphins next home game on Thursday against Campbell will be free to the public. It is the third straight year that the MPS Group has sponsored the night, which features two of the teams battling for the A-Sun title. The doubleheader starts at 5 p.m. with the women’s game, with the men’s game to immediately follow.