SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2008
Dolphins head to the Lone Star state to face Baylor
The best way to put a tough game behind you is by getting back out on the court as quickly as possible.

For the JU men’s basketball team, that means hitting the road for a tussle with Big 12 conference foe Baylor (3-0) on Monday night.

The Dolphins (0-3) are coming off of a 75-67 loss at home to American on Saturday night, despite getting 18 points from sophomore guard Ben Smith.

“The guys are in good spirits and know that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “This is a business trip and they are treating it as such. We’re going to have a very focused and physical practice to get ready for a very good Baylor team.”

Off to its worst start in 12 years, the Dolphins have been plagued by slow starts that have built in double-digit halftime deficits that JU has been unable to overcome.

Part of JU’s problems has been long-range shooting. The Dolphins have hit just three 3-pointers in the first half of their first three games.

While the first half hasn’t been JU’s friend, the second half has seen the Dolphins get back into the game but unable to get over the hump. Smith has put up double figures in scoring the last two games, with a majority of his scoring coming in the second half of each.

There are some other bright spots amid a dreary start to the season. JU has won the battle on the boards, out scored its opponents in the paint and has gotten production out of its bench players.

Tipoff for Monday night’s game is 8 p.m. (EST), with the game being broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play.