SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2008
JU hosts Bethune-Cookman on Monday night
The JU men’s basketball team returns to the friendly confines of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday to host Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m.

It is the first time the two teams have met on the hardwood since 1993, with the Dolphins owning a 7-1 lead in the all-time series.

“We’ve had a good week of practice leading up to the game and I think our guys are focused on playing hard Monday night,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We can’t look past our next opponent towards conference play. We have to focus on each game, one at a time.

“Bethune has a good team that has faced a difficult non-conference schedule like us. They will come out ready to go and we will need to play with a lot of intensity.”

The Dolphins (2-6) have faced a terrifying schedule to open the season, facing six teams that played in the postseason a year ago.

One of the bright spots during the start was the Dolphins 2-0 start to Atlantic Sun Conference play, which began with a one-point win over Belmont after being down 19 at halftime.

That second half charge has been the Dolphins mode of operation this season as they have trailed at halftime in every game but one thus far.

“The coaches and myself stress to the team in practice that you have to play hard for the entire 40 minutes – you can’t event take a minute off or it will come back to haunt you,” Warren said. “I wish I knew what the magic was to playing so well in the second half so we could start out like that.”

The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play.

NOTEBOOK

JU GIVES BACK: Any fan brining a non-perishable or canned food item will receive half-off admission as the JU men’s basketball team hosts Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

All of the food donations will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank, with a mission to distribute food and grocery products to hungry Americans and to educate the public about the causes and possible solutions to problems of domestic hunger.

1,000-POINT CLUB WATCH: Marcus Allen scored 11 points against Ohio State and enters Monday’s contest with 1,079 points, which ranks 21st all time at JU. He needs 12 points to move into a tie with Curtis Taylor for 20th and 14 more to tie Micah Ross for 19th. Ben Smith and Lehmon Colbert continue their chase for the prestigious club as well. Smith is 81 shy from 1,000 and Colbert needs 183 to reach the historic milestone.