MONDAY, JANUARY 08, 2001
Men's Basketball Game Notes For Georgia State
Jan. 8, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Quick Work: With Saturday's win over Campbell, the Dolphins reached the 10-win plateau for the first time since the 1998-99 season (12-15). The 10 wins in 13 games mark the quickest JU has reached double-digit wins since the 1979-80 season, when the Dolphins went 10-0 to start the year.
Getting Defensive: One of the keys to the Dolphins turnaround this season has been improvement on defense. JU leads the TAAC and ranks 12th nationally allowing just 60.2 points per game, including four games where the Dolphins have allowed 46 points or less. JU is holding opponents to a conference-best .396 field goal percentage, including .317 from three-point range, while outrebounding opponents by 4.0 boards a game.
Coaching Legends: JU head coach Hugh Durham and Georgia St. head coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell are two of college basketball's legendary coaches. The two have combined to coach 2,051 college basketball games and account for 1,309 wins as collegiate head coaches. Driesell is in his 39th season with an overall record of 744-373, while Durham is in his 33rd season as a head coach with a 565-366 record. Entering the season, Driesell ranked first among active Division I coaches with 733 wins, while Durham ranked 13th among active coaches with 555 victories.
Swisher Gymnasium: JU is in its second season playing at historic Swisher Gymnasium (1,500) on a full-time basis. Last year was the first time the Dolphins played all their home games on campus in more than 40 years. The Dolphins are 6-1 a home this season after going 6-7 last year at home, and have a 191-70 (.731) record at Swisher since it was first opened in 1953. During the summer and fall of 1999, Swisher underwent major renovations including an overhaul of the locker rooms, alterations to the arena's training facilities, a remodeling of the lobby and concessions area, a refurbishing of the gym floor, an upgrade to the seating, and a facelift to the facade of the building.
New Arrival: After sitting out the first nine games of the season due to NCAA eligibility complications, sophomore forward Tabari Brown has been cleared to play for the Dolphins. In three games for JU, the 6-7, 230-pound junior college transfer has averaged 3.7 points and 1.3 rebounds, while connecting on 4-of-7 shots in only 10.0 minutes a game. Brown will be counted on to make an immediate impact in the low post, where JU is getting only 19.7 points per game from Kris Hunter, Ali Kaba, Johnny Jones and Jeff Howard. Brown, the older brother of high school sensation Kwami Brown and cousin of former LSU standout Jabari Smith, redshirted last season at Coffeyville Community College after averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a freshman.
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