WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011
Welcome back – JU hosts Winthrop on Thursday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After almost a month on the road, the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team returns home to host Winthrop on Thursday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Dolphins (2-6) look to break a four-game losing streak and pick up where they left off in their last home game, a 70-57 win over Samford back on Nov. 18.

Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. as the second half of a doubleheader with the JU women’s team. The Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show will air at 7 p.m., with Terry Norvelle calling the action.

“It will be nice to play a game at home again,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Our team continues to learn and progress each day.”

One of the highlights from Sunday’s loss at Furman was the strong offensive outing from sophomore guard and Jacksonville-native Keith McDougald.

McDougald hit 10-of-18 from the floor, connecting on four 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 26 points for his second 20-point scoring effort of the season. He now leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game.

On the season, he has hit 19-of-44 from beyond the arc (43.2 percent) and is one of three Dolphins hitting better than 40 percent from 3-point land (Aloys Cabell, 41.2 percent; Chris Davis, 52.9 percent).

The Dolphins also picked up their game on the glass, winning the rebounding battle for just the third time in eight games this season.

Winthrop (2-6) has won two of its last three games, but lost in its last outing back on Dec. 3 at Gardner-Webb, 62-60.

GAME NOTES

This is the second matchup in the series between the two teams, with Winthrop winning the first meeting at home last season, 73-66…Delwan Graham has scored in double figures in three straight games after posting 13 points against Furman. He also set season highs in assists (5) and steals (4) against the Paladins… The Dolphins have allowed at least 80 points in each of the last four games. It’s the longest such streak for JU since the last eight games of the 2005-06 campaign… JU held a +10 advantage in rebounds and scored a season-high 21 points off second chance opportunities… JU wrapped up its five-game road trip with a 1-4 mark. The Dolphins gave up at least 80 points in each of the last four games.