TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Dolphins face top-seeded Belmont in A-Sun Tournament
After getting into the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament on the last day of the season, the Jacksonville men’s basketball team is looking to get March Madness started early when they face top-seed and defending champion Belmont in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The game tips off at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Southeast as well as ASun.TV and ESPN3. Fans can also listen in on 1010XL.com with live “look ins” during the afternoon shows on 1010-AM.
Jacksonville (8-21, 6-12 A-Sun) needed help to get in the tournament and now with a second life looks to make the most of it.
“We’ve had some good practices since our last game and we know that it’s do or die time now,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Any time you win the regular season championship like Belmont did, you know you’re facing a very good team.”
The Bruins (24-7, 16-2 A-Sun) won their second straight A-Sun regular season title in their final season in the conference thanks to 10 straight wins to end the season, including rallying for a 62-61 win over Mercer on Saturday at the court that will host the tournament this week.
Belmont is led by three first team all-conference honorees – Ian Clark, Drew Hanlen and Kerron Johnson – as well as second team honoree Mick Hedgepath.
While the Dolphins face a tall task in trying to become the fifth No. 8 seed to upset the No. 1 seed in the tournament, they also know that they have had some success against the Bruins.
In their most recent meeting back on Jan. 28 in Nashville, JU used a 13-3 run midway through the second half to turn a nine-point deficit into a one-point lead with 8:46 left in regulation. Belmont answered by scoring the next 13 points to take a 12-point lead with just over four minutes left, cruising to the 85-71 win.
It was the beginning of a big stretch run for Aloys Cabell. The guard had 22 points in the game to lead JU to go along with four assists.
The winner of Wednesday’s contest advanced to the semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. where they will face the winner of Thursday’s ETSU-North Florida matchup.
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