Men's basketball looks to break losing skid on Monday

Jan. 8, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The most hectic week on the schedule for the Jacksonville men's basketball team comes to close on Monday as the Dolphins face Belmont at 7 p.m.

For the Dolphins (1-11, 1-4 A-Sun), Monday's game will be their fourth game in seven days, with two of those games coming on the road.

"With the compact schedule, it doesn't leave a lot of time for practice and preparation," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We're trying to get our guys as much rest as possible to get ready for this game."

Jacksonville wraps up its longest homestand so far this season in hopes of breaking its nine-game losing streak. The Dolphins are coming off a 75-67 loss to Lipscomb at home on Saturday.

In the game, Jacksonville opened the second half strong, turning a one-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead in the first 90 seconds of the half. But Lipscomb would answer back with a 17-4 run over the next 11 minutes to put the game away.

"I think when we went up, our guys got a little anxious, a little excited, because some of the shots that we took after that were uncharacteristic of what we had been doing to get the lead," Warren said. "That's a tendency all teams have. You work hard in coming from behind to get a lead and once you get it, you change what you were doing to get to that point."

JU vs. Belmont

When: Monday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.)

Where: Jacksonville, Fla. (Swisher Gymnasium) Records: JU (1-11, 1-4 A-Sun), Belmont (5-7, 3-2 A-Sun)

Series: Belmont leads 4-3

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 6:45 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 6:45 p.m.

Storylines: Jacksonville looks to snap its nine-game losing streak. The Dolphins wrap up their longest homestand thus far this season.

JU Noteables: The Dolphins nine-game losing streak is tied for the third longest in school history. JU saw its streak of four straight second halves with 50 percent shooting stopped against Lipscomb. Antonio Cool has scored in double figures in seven straight games with his 17 points on Saturday. Cool hit three 3-pointers in the game, the fifth time he has hit at least three treys in a game. Marcus Allen scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Allen has scored in double figures eight times this season. JU forced 21 turnovers by Lipscomb and cashed them into 21 points while Lipscomb only had 15 points off JU's 18 turnovers.

Belmont Noteables: The Bruins are coming off of a 78-72 win at North Florida on Saturday, led by 17 points from Josh Goodwin and 16 points off the bench from Justin Hare.