Dolphins wrap up the long road trip at No.5 Georgetown

Dec. 8, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The JU men's basketball team ends its barnstorming eight-day tour on Sunday with its toughest test to date.

The Dolphins (3-5) face No. 5 Georgetown at the Verizon Center at 1 p.m. The Hoyas are coming off of an impressive 70-60 win over Alabama in the Big East/SEC Challenge on Wednesday night.

The game will be broadcast locally on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play and JU legend Artis Gilmore providing color analysis.

"Georgetown is a very good team, so we know that we have a big task in front of us," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "For us to be successful, we've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. We've made way too many turnovers in the past couple of games and you can't do that against these types of teams."

The last time these two teams met changed the course of the program at JU.

It was Dec. 18, 1969 and the word about the high-flying JU basketball team was starting to spread.

Leading by 14 at tiny Swisher Gymnasium, a fight broke out when JU point guard Mike Blevins was punched by one of the Georgetown players.

Chaos soon erupted as there were fights all over the Gymnasium and both teams went to their locker rooms. Guard Rex Morgan left the floor with a bloodied face that made the front page of the Florida Times-Union.

The Hoyas opted not to return to the court and JU won via forfeit. At the time Gilmore already had a double-double.

After that game, JU moved all of its home games Downtown to the Jacksonville Coliseum and a new tradition was born.