Dolphins looking for elusive road win

Jan. 27, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the Jacksonville men's basketball team boards the bus for its road trip this weekend, the Dolphins are preparing to do something they haven't done this season.

Win a game on the road.

Jacksonville (1-17, 1-10 A-Sun) looks to snap its school-record 15-game losing streak on Saturday evening at Garnder-Webb, with tipoff scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

"Whenever you go on the road, it is tough to win," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "The only people that are cheering for you are the other guys on the team because everyone else there is cheering against you. You have to depend on your teammates and hopefully we will play a full 40 minutes to give us a chance."

The Dolphins have lost their last 12 road games dating back to last season. Jacksonville has been close in several games, but there has been one big run in each game that the Dolphins haven't been able to answer.

On Wednesday, the Dolphins dropped their 12th straight road game at North Florida, 90-78. A 13-5 run midway through the half pushed a 12-point lead to 20 and put the game out of reach.

"We can't afford to take a possession off," Warren said. "We're close to being a good basketball team, but margin for error is very small."

JU at Gardner-Webb

When: Saturday, Jan. 28 (8:15 p.m.)

Where: Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center

Records: JU (1-17, 1-10 A-Sun), Gardner-Webb (9-9, 6-5 A-Sun)

Series: Gardner-Webb leads 4-3

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 8 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 8 p.m.

Storylines: Jacksonville looks to snap its school-record 15-game losing streak. The Dolphins begin their next to last road trip of the season with A- Sun preseason favorite Gardner-Webb.

JU Noteables: The Dolphins 15-game losing streak is the longest in school history...In the first 18 games of the season, the Dolphins have fallen behind by seven or more in the first 10 minutes in 15. In the past five games, the Dolphins have trailed by 10 or more in the first eight minutes four times. Aubrey Conerly put 30 points against UNF on Wednesday, the second time in his career that he has scored 30 or more points. He also dished out eight assists, his third highest total during this season. Antonio Cool scored in double figures for the 13th straight game, with 19 points. Mario Brown bounced back from his scoreless effort against Campbell with 10 points and a team-high five rebounds.

Gardner-Webb Noteables: For the second season in a row, the preseason A-Sun favorite has gotten off to a slow start. Last season, preseason fave UCF started off slowly (5-6) before gaining momentum down the stretch to tie GWU for the league crown. This season, Gardner-Webb finished the first half at 5-5, and sits tied with Campbell for the fifth seed should the A-Sun Tournament start today. UCF went 5-5 last season through 10 games, and lost its first game of the second half - before chewing off wins in eight of nine games down the stretch to win the league, and eventually the A-Sun Tournament title.