Men's basketball aims for four in a row

Jan. 12, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Having won its last three games, the JU men's basketball team is brimming with confidence.

The Dolphins (7-8, 3-2 A-Sun) will be tested over the weekend as they face Atlantic Sun Conference rivals Kennesaw State on Saturday and East Tennessee State on Monday.

"We are making progress each day," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We have to keep working each day to get better and we're making strides."

The three-game winning streak that the Dolphins are riding has seen JU win in a variety of ways. There was the late surge against Gardner-Webb, rallying from a one-point deficit over the final four minutes to win by nine.

In the next game, JU got off to a slow start but got going quickly after that, building a lead and slowly pulling away for a 19-point win.

Then on Tuesday, the Dolphins led from the opening possession throughout the game for the first time this season in JU's first road win. Ben Smith hit a 3-pointer on JU's first trip up the floor and Jesse Kimbrough capped off the rivalry game against UNF with a 28-footer as the shot clock expired to seal the deal.

The 64-60 win over UNF was the first time this season that JU has won a game when scoring less than 70 points, an experience that will serve them well over the final 13 games of conference play.

Kimbrough's shot was one of several big plays by the senior over the last three games. He has scored at least 14 points in each game, pulling down six rebounds twice and dished out more than five assists twice.

Against UNF, Kimbrough led the Dolphins in points (16), rebounds (6) and assists (7) - the second time he has led JU in all three categories in a game during his career.

Saturday's game at Kennesaw State tips off at 7:30 p.m. Barry Milligan will handle the play-by-play on the JU Sports Network, with the pregame show starting at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN-1460.