THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2001
Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Samford

Feb. 8, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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All-Time vs. Samford: JU leads the all-time series with Samford 6-3 dating back to the first meeting on Nov. 29, 1974, when the Dolphins defeated the Bulldogs 102-72. However, the Bulldogs have won three of the four meetings with JU since the Dolphins joined the TAAC, including a 70-51 victory over the Dolphins in the first meeting this season on Jan. 3, which is JU's worst loss of the season.

Defense & Hot Shooting Key Mercer Win: The Dolphins used defense and sharp shooting to finish a series sweep of Mercer with a 68-55 win on Saturday. JU limited the TAAC's third-leading scorer, Scott Emerson, to only three points on 1-of-5 shooting, which is nearly 15 points below his season average of 17.3 points per game. Mercer shot only 3-of-12 form beyond the arc and turned the ball over 16 times. JU also shot a season-high 58 percent from the field, including a blistering 64 percent in the first half, while connecting a season-high 60 percent (6-10) of its shots from three-point land. Although the Dolphins shot only 18-of-31 from the free throw line as a team, Shawn Platts hit 9-of-10 from the line to help JU pull away for the 13-point victory.

Back On Track: With the Dolphins' 68-55 win at Mercer on Saturday, JU recorded its 15th win of the season, assuring the Dolphins of their first winning season since 1995-96 (15-12). The 15 wins is also the most victories for JU in five years, while the eight conference wins is the most since JU joined the TAAC in 1998. The Dolphins have won five of their last six games.

Change of Pace: Following a season-long three-game losing streak, which culminated with a 71-62 loss at Florida Atlantic on Jan. 18, the Dolphins made a change in the starting lineup and the move has paid off. JU has won five of six games games since inserting Kevin Sheppard into the starting lineup for Toby Frazier and replacing Ali Kaba with Tabari Brown. The Dolphins are getting off to better starts both offensively and defensively, and have limited their opponents to 18.4 fewer points per game in the last six contests.