SUNDAY, JANUARY 04, 2009
Dolphins set for USC Upstate on Monday night
After dropping a two-point decision at ETSU, the JU men’s basketball team quickly turned its focus on USC Upstate.
How quick? The Dolphins got on the bus immediately after the game and drove here to turn their focus on the next opponent.
Tipoff for Monday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL and available on ASun.TV.
“Any time you play on the road, you have to be ready to play and we’ve got a few things that we need to work on after Saturday’s game,” Warren said. “USC Upstate has some confidence and is a very tough team that is going to give a great effort every time out.”
JU (3-8, 2-1 A-Sun) hit a season-best 12 3-pointers against the Bucs, tying the fourth highest total in school history. Five different Dolphins hit a trey, led by Evan Jefferson’s four.
Jefferson, who got off to a slow start, has been red hot in the last four games, connecting on 11-of-20 from behind the arc.
Jefferson was one of six Dolphins to score in double figures – led by Lehmon Colbert’s 15. All five starters put up 10 points or more, with Jefferson being the major contributor of JU’s 19 points off the bench.
The loss put a damper on the second straight high-scoring effort for the Dolphins, but showed signs of cracks in the defense.
JU forced just 10 ETSU turnovers and had a season-low one steal. It was the first time this season that Ben Smith did not have a steal in a game.
The Bucs also hit 17-of-27 from the floor in the second half, connecting on 4-of-6 from behind the arc. ETSU also went to the free throw line 19 times in the second half, hitting only 11. For the game, ETSU hit 50 percent of its shots from the floor.
The one disappointing point for the Dolphins on offense was free throws as JU hit just 6-of-10 at the stripe.
The loss was also a surprise as JU had won 19 straight when leading at the half. It is only the third time this season that JU has been out scored in the final 20 minutes.
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