Dolphins face former conference rival Troy on Monday

Dec. 14, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With final exams in the rearview mirror, the JU men's basketball team will play its first game in eight days when they travel to face former Atlantic Sun Conference rival Troy University on Monday.

JU is looking to break out of its scoring doldrums after being held to less than 60 points in the last three games.

"Our focus this week has been on academics and getting through finals," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "With that behind us, we're going to work hard on getting better as a team and more consistent in all aspects of the game."

One of the pleasant surprises thus far this season has been the strong shooting at the free throw line. The Dolphins have hit 77.6 percent of their free throws this year, ranking fifth in the country.

Sophomore point guard Ben Smith has been a big part of that, hitting 55-of-59 (93.2 percent) to lead the league in percentage at the stripe and rank in the top 10 nationally.

Smith's propensity for getting to the line has been a big reason for him leading the team in scoring, averaging 15 points per game. He also leads the A-Sun in minutes per game with an average of more than 35 per contest.

While his scoring has taken center stage, Smith leads the league in steals (2.33 per game) and assists (5.11 per game).

"Ben has done a solid job of driving the ball to the basket and creating scoring opportunities," Warren said. "He has been a defensive stopper for us and is doing what he needs to do distributing the basketball."

Monday's game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST), with the Bono's pregame show airing 30 minutes before tipoff.