Dolphins Try To Maintain Homecourt Dominance Against Stetson

Dec. 1, 2001


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Stetson at Jacksonville December 1, 2001 2:00 p.m. Swisher Gymnasium (1,500) Jacksonville, Fla.

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Series Record: JU Leads 30-23

Last Meeting: JU defeated Stetson 82-64, Feb. 24, 2001 in Jacksonville

Jacksonville University (3-1, 1-1 A-Sun)
The Dolphins are coming off their first loss of the season, a 73-72 heartbreaker at UCF which saw the upstart Golden Knight hit the game-winner with less than a second left in the game. The Dolphins are 3-0 at home this season can win their 200th game all-time at Swisher Gymnasium with a victory over Stetson. Head coach Hugh Durham is also going for his 50th win as head coach at JU. Junior guard James Daniels has had the hot hand for the Dolphins averaging 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the last two games, including 10-of-20 shooting from the 3-point line. Today's game marks the third Atlantic Sun Conference game for the Dolphins in the last eight days, thanks to the newly-expanded 20-game league schedule. The Dolphins are shooting 71 percent from the free throw line thanks to junior point guard Kevin Sheppard, who is 18-of-19 (95 percent) on the season.

Stetson (2-2, 0-1 A-Sun)
Stetson enters the game 2-2 on the season after losing its conference opener at Florida Atlantic on Thursday night, 82-71. Sophomore guard Derrick DeWitt paced the Hatters with 19 points, while Ravii Givens added 12 and Alexis McMillan 10. Stetson forced 27 turnovers and had 17 steals, but was outrebounded 47-29 and shot just 5-of-21 from the three-point line. Florida Atlantic shot 52 percent for the game, including a blistering 60 percent (12-20) in the second half.

DeWitt is leading three Hatters in double figures for the season with 13.8 points per game. Senior forward Ricky McConnell is averaging 13.5 points per game and senior center Santos Hampton 13.0, while grabbing a team-best 8.2 rebounds per contest. Stetson is shooting 44 percent for the year, but has uncharacteristically been outrebounded by 1.8 boards per game. The Hatters' wins came against Webber International and Birmingham Southern, while their first loss was to College of Charleston.

Derek Waugh is in his first full season as head coach at Stetson. Waugh took over for Murray Arnold just eight games into last season as interim head coach and led the Hatters to a 17-12 record and a third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun. This is the first head coaching job for the 30-year-old Furman grad, who also earned his law degree from Wake Forrest in 1996 before becoming a coach in 1997.