SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2002
Dolphins Face Tough Georgia State Team On Legends Day
Feb. 2, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Jacksonville University (15-7, 9-4 A-Sun)
A Whole Lotta Wins ... Today's game between Georgia State and JU features two of the winningest coaches in NCAA history. Lefty Driesell and Hugh Durham have a combined 1,362 career wins, while coaching a combined 2,127 games over the past 40 years. Driesell ranks third among active Division I coaches with 774 career wins in his 40th season, while Durham ranks 13th with 588 career victories in his 34th season. The two coaches have also combined for 34 postseason appearances, 29 seasons with 20-or-more wins and 22 conference championships.
Down The Stretch ... With less than a month left in the regular season, the A-Sun race could not get much closer. One game separates the top three teams, and just a single game stands between second and sixth place. The race for the crucial eighth and final tournament spot is equally captivating as one win separates seventh from 10th.
Streak Buster ... In the first meeting with Georgia St. this season, the Dolphins ended the nation's second-longest home win streak by handing the Panthers their first loss at home in 26 games.
Georgia State (12-8, 8-5 A-Sun)
Georgia State enters today's contest just a game behind JU in the A-Sun standings after winning three straight conference games. The Panthers swept last weekend's A-Sun games, posting an 80-61 win over Jacksonville St. and a 60-48 victory over Samford.
Senior forward Bam Campbell was tabbed the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two GSU wins. He hit 14-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line for the week, including a career-best 19 points and 13 rebounds against Campbell.
Senior forward Thomas Terrell leads the conference in scoring with 19.2 points per game, while sophomore Nate Williams is averaging 13.4 points and 6.7 boards per contest.
The Panthers are coached by the legendary Lefty Driesell, who has posted a 91-50 (.645) record in five seasons at GSU, while ranking third in the NCAA among active coaches with 774 career wins. He is one of just 10 coaches, at any NCAA level, to win 750 games (Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Bobby Knight). The 70-year-old Driesell has coached in 1,159 games in 40 seasons.
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