SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
First place Dolphins set to host Campbell on Monday night
The target has been applied to the back of the JU men’s basketball team once again.

With sole possession of the lead in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Dolphins (14-10, 12-3 A-Sun) will host Campbell (10-15, 7-9 A-Sun) on Monday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m., following the women’s game against UNF in the SunTrust River City Rumble.

It is the second time this season that JU has been in sole possession of first place and the latest that the Dolphins have ever been atop the league standings by themselves. In fact, the latest that JU has ever held a share of first place was Feb. 16, 1987.

“We have to realize that being in first place means we’re going to get everyone’s best shot now,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Campbell has a talented group of players that are well coached. We need to come out and play for 40 minutes if we want to be successful.”

The Dolphins are heading into unchartered territory for the program. JU has never won a regular season conference title, with a pair of second place finishes (1987, 2008) being as close as the school has ever come to a title.

While being the conference title hunt is something new, JU’s win total in league play has already equaled the school record with five games remaining. The Dolphins have won 12 games in league play three previous times, including last season’s 12-4 mark.

“While one of our goals is to win a championship, we know that we have to keep getting better each day to reach that goal,” Warren said. “They don’t give away championships in February, so we have to keep working towards our goal each day.”

JU is coming off a 22-point win over UNF on Thursday to sweep the SunTrust River City Rumble. The Dolphins received increased production from the front court as all three starters at forward and center went for double digits scoring.

Senior center Marcus Allen led the effort with 12 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and the 19th of his career. One of two players left from the one-win team three years ago, Allen has played is one of eight players ever at JU to play in 110 games or more.

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