Men's basketball heads to North Carolina for two-game swing

Jan. 24, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fresh off of two impressive performances at home, the Jacksonville men's basketball team looks to replicate that on the road this weekend.

JU (9-10, 5-4 A-Sun) heads north to face Gardner-Webb on Thursday and Campbell on Saturday, looking to get back to .500 for the first time since being 3-3.

"We have made some strides, but we need to have a consistent effort for 40 minutes to win on the road," said JU head coach Cliff Warren.

The Dolphins have jumped into fourth place in the Atlantic Sun Conference after winning five of their last seven. Jesse Kimbrough has led the JU scoring effort during the run, averaging 14.9 points per game.

Joining the senior in leading JU in scoring is freshman Lehmon Colbert. Colbert is averaging 12.8 points per game and has been the team's leading rebound, averaging seven rebounds per game.

One of the most recent developments has been the Dolphins ability to adapt to the game tempo. After putting up 70 or more points in the first seven wins, JU has found a way to win in low scoring games.

Two of the Dolphins last three wins have seen JU put up less than 70 points, including 64 in a win at North Florida.

"When you're not scoring, it puts more pressure on your defense to hold your opponent and our guys are learning that," Warren said. "We are learning that playing solid defense creates easy opportunities for our offense."

Thursday night's game against the Bulldogs tips off at 8:15 p.m., with the game being broadcast on the JU Sports Network on ESPN-1460. Saturday's game against the Camels tips at 4 p.m.