Dolphins host Kennesaw State on Friday
With a spot in the Atlantic Sun Tournament already clinched, the JU men’s basketball team will be looking to lock up a top-three seed when it hosts Kennesaw State in a conference matchup on Friday.

Tipoff at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans who come to the event wearing green are eligible to purchase $2 general admission tickets. Dolphins fans who cannot make it out can listen to the game on 1010XL with Barry Milligan on the call.

The Dolphins (17-8, 11-5) enter the contest with the A-Sun’s third-best record and one game ahead of Lipscomb for third place. JU has won three of its last four, including a victory at USC Upstate in its previous game.

JU is coming off a hot-shooting effort against the Spartans, knocking down nearly 53 percent of its shots from the floor. Ayron Hardy’s 15 points and five assists ignited the offense as four Dolphins scored in double figures. The Dolphins will be looking to push the pace again as the Owls enter as the A-Sun’s worst-ranked field goal-percentage defense, allowing the opposition to shoot 46 percent from the floor.

In the previous meeting against Kennesaw State, the Dolphins produced one of its most complete games of the year in an 87-59 road win on Jan. 22. Travis Cohn scored a game-high 24 points, including a 9-for-10 free throw shooting performance.

The Dolphins dominated under the glass in the contest, building a 45-29 rebounding edge. Delwan Graham recorded a double-double with a 12-point, 13-rebound effort. JU also held the Owls to 35.7 percent field goal shooting.

Kennesaw State does feature the league’s second-leading scorer in Markeith Cummings. The sophomore guard’s 18.4 scoring average trails only Adnan Hodzic by one-tenth of a point on the A-Sun’s scoring leaderboard. Cummings poured in 20 points in the Owls first meeting with JU.