JU men wrap up road trip at Georgia Tech on Friday
Off its best 40 minutes of basketball this season, the JU men’s basketball team faces another tall test as they travel to face Georgia Tech on Friday night.

It will be a homecoming for several Dolphins, especially the three Georgia natives on the roster – Ben Smith, Lehmon Colbert and Chris Edwards.

The game also is the second time that JU head coach Cliff Warren faces his mentor, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt, and the program he helped lead to the national title game.

“This is a great chance for our young men to get to play at home in front of their friends and family,” Warren said. “I have the utmost respect for Coach Hewitt and the people at Georgia Tech. They have a tremendous program and we’re looking forward to the challenge in front of us.”

The Dolphins (0-4) have faced one of the toughest schedules in the country, ranking 27th hardest entering play on Thursday.

While JU has faced a daunting schedule, the Dolphins have held their own and are coming off their best game of the season. The Dolphins hit more than 50 percent of their shots from the floor at Baylor on Monday night, with Ben Smith hitting 8-of-11 from the floor on his way to a team-high 21 points.

Another key was Travis Cohn moving into the starting lineup in place of Evan Jefferson. The duo had struggled to produce at the shooting guard position, but against Baylor, they combined for 19 points – with Cohn scoring nine of his career-high tying 11 in the first half.

“There were a lot of positives to take out of the Baylor game,” Warren said. “Our effort was there and when you play a team like Baylor, you can’t make any mistakes. We’re progressing each day, but we know we have a long way to go to be the team we want to be.”

This is the second time that Warren has brought the Dolphins to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, with the first coming during his first season. JU owns a 5-4 lead in the all-time series against the Yellow Jackets.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Alexander Memorial Center. The game will be broadcast locally on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play.