SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2009
Dolphins look to rebound at Kennesaw State
Since taking over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference, it has been a nightmare for the JU men’s basketball team.

The Dolphins (12-10, 10-3 A-Sun) have dropped two straight to fall into a tie for second and will look to return to their winning ways on Monday as they face Kennesaw State at 7:30 p.m.

“We haven’t done a very good job of executing on offense or defense in the last two games,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We need to have all 12 players contributing and that isn’t happening right now.”

Fortunately for the Dolphins, they do not have much time to dwell on their last outing – watching a nine-point lead evaporate in the final 2:39.

The loss for JU marked just the fourth time in the past three seasons that the Dolphins have lost back-to-back conference games. The Dolphins haven’t lost three in a row in league play since the 2005-06 season.

How has JU gone from a nine-game winning streak to losing two in a row?

One of the major factors is JU has beaten on the boards. The Dolphins have owned the glass this season, but have been out worked in the last two games.

Points in the paint, another category that JU has owned this season, has been going in the opposite direction. Against Mercer, the Bears held a 34-16 advantage in post scoring.

Another nagging problem for JU is free throw shooting. JU left eight points at the free throw line against the Bears, hitting 15-of-23 from the stripe.

The Dolphins have also lost their scoring balance – with only two players scoring in double figures against Upstate and just three against Mercer. The “bench mob” recorded just two rebounds in the Mercer outing.

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