FRIDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2008
JU men face quick turnaround with Lipscomb on Saturday
After rallying from a 19-point halftime deficit on Thursday night, the JU men’s basketball team will not get to enjoy it long as they face another test on Saturday afternoon.
The Dolphins will host Lipscomb at Swisher Gymnasium in the second half of a doubleheader with the women’s team. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m.
JU (1-5, 1-0 A-Sun) continued its theme of struggling in the first half, having trailed at the intermission in all six games thus far.
But the Dolphins were able to break through with their first win of the season with a superior defensive effort in the second half – turning up the pressure on the normally steady Bruins, who turned the ball over 14 times in the second half.
“We played with a lot of effort in the second half, especially on the defensive end,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Belmont is a well-coached team that knows how to win close games and our guys made some great plays down the stretch that won the game for us.”
The win got a few monkeys off the Dolphins back – namely the first win of the season, snapping a five-game losing streak to open the campaign.
With the strong comeback, JU will need to avoid a letdown against Lipscomb, who is coming off of a win over UNF on Thursday night.
“While it was a great win, we can’t dwell on that,” Warren said. “We’re going to go back to work on Friday to get better and focus on very good Lipscomb team.”
One of the bright spots from Thursday night’s win was the big scoring night from Marcus Allen, who led the Dolphins with 21 points. It’s a new season-high for Allen and pushed up to 22nd on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Ben Smith continued his stellar season with his fifth straight outing in double figures, capping the comeback with a pair of free throws to win the game. Known as a clutch player down the stretch in his career, the free throws are the second time that he has hit the game-winning shot for JU.
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