JU returns to the hardwood on Saturday

Dec. 26, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Christmas break could not have come at a better time for the JU men's basketball team.

Having battled through five straight road games, final exams and a gauntlet of four games within 10 days, rest was the ideal medicine for the Dolphins.

With two weeks of rest, it's back to work for JU as the Dolphins return to the hardwood to face former Sun Belt Conference rival South Alabama on Saturday.

Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the action.

"The holiday break was good for us to spend some time with our families and get away from basketball for a few days," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We're back to work now and using this game as our final preparation for conference play, which starts in the new year."

The Dolphins (3-7) are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak after a 3-0 start. JU's offense showed signs of life against Troy, scoring a season-high 80 points in the loss to the Trojans.

But the defense had its worst performance of the year, allowing 98 points and 13 3-pointers, with Troy collecting 70 points from its bench.

One of the bright spots in the loss at Troy was Marcus Allen's play in the post. The junior center scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds. The point total tied his season high and was the sixth time this year that he has scored in double figures.

South Alabama comes into the matchup having won five in a row and jumped into the Mid-Major Top 25 this week at No. 23, sporting a 9-3 record.