TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
JU begins busy week with trip to Savannah State
Improvement has been a big word around the Jacksonville University men’s basketball program this week.

The Dolphins (0-1) look to improve in several areas as they travel to face Savannah State (0-2) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Terry Norvelle calling the action starting with Bono’s Barbecure Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.

Jacksonville opened the season with a 79-67 loss at Florida State on Friday, playing the Seminoles dead even over the final 32 minutes after falling behind 14-3 in the opening minutes.

“Since the beginning of the preseason, we’ve talked about improving each day,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Now that we have a game in the books, we can show our young men their correctable mistakes on film.”

One of the bright spots from the opener was the big night from sophomore guard Keith McDougald. The Jacksonville native scored a game-high 21 points, going 8-of-19 from the floor with three 3-pointers.

McDougald got some inside help as well. Delwan Graham scored 16 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds to go along with four assists.

While the starting five played well, depth is something the Dolphins will continue to develop as the season progresses. JU got just six points from its bench and five of that came from Admir Sahbegovic, playing in his first game as a Dolphin.

JU vs. SAVANNAH STATE

This is the 17th meeting between the two teams, with Jacksonville holding a 15-1 lead in the all-time series. The Dolphins have won five in a row in the series, including two in a row at SSU.

ABOUT SAVANNAH STATE

The Tigers enter the contest with an 0-2 mark after dropping a 62-57 decision at North Florida on Monday night. Rashad Hassan had a game-high 17 points with Arnold Louis adding 12 rebounds. Savannah State held a 38-27 edge on the glass, but turned the ball over 23 times, with UNF scoring 21 points off those miscues.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

With Friday’s home opener looming on the other side of the SSU game, the Dolphins will begin a rough four-game in nine days stretch which fortunately doesn’t include a trip longer than two hours. The Dolphins will face Savannah on Wednesday, home on Friday against Samford, then at Bethune-Cookman on Monday before a trip to Florida next Friday night.