WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
JU set to host SunTrust River City Rumble on Thursday
The JU men’s basketball team will host the SunTrust River City Rumble on Thursday as the Ospreys of UNF come Downtown to play at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL. The Stereofame.com Jacksonville Showcase will be immediately following the game, headlined by Natasha Komis.
The Dolphins (13-10, 11-3 A-Sun) got some help on Monday night while surviving a late scare from Kennesaw State to jump back into a tie for the top spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Thursday’s game starts a four-game homestand for the Dolphins, the longest of the season.
“Our guys realize that we’re playing with a target on our back every game,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We’re going to get everyone’s best effort the rest of the season and we need to continue to improve each day.”
Jacksonville snapped its two-game losing streak with a stellar defensive effort at Kennesaw State. The Dolphins held the Owls to just 56 points and forced 18 turnovers, with Travis Cohn coming up with a career-best six steals.
JU also hit its free throws, changing what had been an Achilles heel of the squad over its two-game losing streak. The Dolphins were 20-of-22 from the free throw line, while committing just 15 fouls and sending the Owls to the line 12 times.
Enjoying the win was Lehmon Colbert, who scored 13 points to become the 26th player in school history to record 1,000 points in their career. Colbert has been a mainstay of JU’s conference run, scoring in double figures in nine of the last 10 games – raising his average to 11.5 points per game.
While Colbert led the team in scoring, the JU bench had two players make significant contributions. Aric Brooks snapped out of a scoring slump with 10 points while Brian Gilbert had six points and played in a season-high 15 minutes.
“We tell the guys all the time that they need to be ready whenever we call their number,” Warren said. “Our bench played with a lot more effort and made some big plays for us down the stretch. We need that effort to be consistent every night.”
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