FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2009
JU hits the road for key two-game Georgia swing
The JU men’s basketball team is eager to return to the court.

After a stunning loss to USC Upstate on Sunday, the Dolphins (12-9, 10-2 A-Sun) are ready to get the sour taste of the loss out of their memory as they travel to face Mercer on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

It’s the first game of a two-game swing through Georgia that ends with JU facing Kennesaw State on Monday at 7 p.m.

“We’ve had a good week of practice,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “The guys were focused in practice and know that they face two tough road games this weekend.”

The upset on Sunday snapped JU’s nine-game winning streak, the longest for the Dolphins since 1980.

One of the positives that came out of the loss was the increased output from Marcus Allen. The senior center picked up his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Unfortunately for JU, his 12 points led the team as the Dolphins posted just 59 points – the second lowest offensive output of the season. It snapped a streak of 11 straight games with at least 69 points.

In the thick of the Atlantic Sun Conference title race, the Dolphins enter the final eight games of the regular season tied for first with ETSU. Sitting just a game back of the co-leaders is the three-time defending champion Belmont.

“We tell the guys every day that they don’t give out championships in January and February,” Warren said. “We’ve got a long way to go to reach our goal of winning a championship. We have to keep working hard every day in practice to get better.”