Jacksonville (5-8) begins its second season on Monday night as Atlantic Sun play tips-off against league newcomer Northern Kentucky (2-6). The Dolphins also welcome Lipscomb to Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday night as part of a two-game home stand to start conference play.
The non-league portion of the schedule concluded on Friday for JU with a loss at No. 5 Indiana. The Dolphins shot a season best 58.8 percent from three (10-17) against the Hoosiers. Junior Dylan Fritsch finished with a team high 15 points in the game while accounting for the bulk of the team’s production from beyond the arc, shooting 5-7 from three. The 6’5” junior forward is averaging a team best 12.6 points over the last seven games and shooting 42 percent (20-47) from three. Senior Glenn Powell battled the IU front line equaling a season best 12 rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. Powell ranks third in the A-Sun with 7.8 rebounds per game and fifth with a 54.8 FG percentage.
Northern Kentucky is making its Atlantic Sun debut. The Norse competed in the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference from 1985-2012, and joined the A-Sun this season while reclassifying to Division I. While undergoing the reclassifying in 2012-13, NKU is not eligible for the A-Sun Tournament.
The Norse bring a two-game win streak to Florida following victories over Hampton and Navy. Eshaunte Jones, a 6’4” transfer from Nebraska, leads the team with 13.0 points per game.
- This is the first match-up between the two teams
- Fans can hear the Voice of the Dolphins, Terry Norvelle locally on 1010XL
JU continues a two-game A-Sun home stand against Lipscomb on Wednesday. Game time is 7:15pm following the JU women’s game at 5:00 pm.
JU AT A GLANCE
- Head Coach Cliff Warren (105) is only one win shy of tying Hugh Durham (106) for second all-time in wins at JU.
- JU is 4-3 under Cliff Warren in A-Sun openers
- JU leads the A-Sun in blocks averaging 3.0 per game.
- The Dolphins are also tops in the league forcing an average of 17.2 turnovers per game which have led to exactly 17.2 points per game for JU
- Russell Powell recorded his 300th career assist in the game at Indiana on Dec. 28
- Dylan Fritsch's 5-7 (71.4%) performance from three at Indiana is the best single game three-point FG shooting display by a JU player in more than 10 years since James Daniels was 5-5 vs Florida Atlantic on Jan. 2, 2002
- Glenn Powell is one of only four A-Sun players averaging more than eight points and seven rebounds per game