THURSDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2002
Dolphins Head To Gazette/Hawkeye Challenge

Dec. 5, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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Game Day Quick Facts...

Radio: ESPN 1460 AM (Curt Bloom, play-by-play) Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 6:30 p.m. (EST)

Series Record: The series is tied 3-3

Last Meeting: JU defeated Southern Miss in overtime, 80-76; Dec. 2, 1988 in Jacksonville.

Last Game: JU lost at New Orleans, 90-57, on Dec. 2; Southern Miss defeated South Alabama, 89-78, on Nov. 30.

Up Next: The Dolphins play either Iowa or Montana State on Saturday. JU then has a week off before returning home to face South Carolina St. on Dec. 14.

DOLPHIN NOTABLES...

Tough Stretch ... The Dolphins play eight of their first 10 games on the road, including seven straight following the season-opening win over Saint Leo. JU just finished a stretch of six games in 10 days, including a 5,990-mile trip to Eugene, Ore., and back.

Dolphins Take Free Points ... JU has found the free throw line as one of its main sources of scoring in the first six games. The Dolphins are 106-of-148 (72%) from the line, averaging 24.7 free throw attempts per contest. JU's 106 made free throws are five more than Dolphin opponents (101) have even attempted. JU is scoring 17.7 points per game at the line.

Dolphins Move Toward Full Strength ... After playing the first five games with just nine eligible players because of NCAA Summer League violations, JU got two players back for the New Orleans game. Senior forward Calvin Warner and redshirt freshman guard Riley Didion played for the first time this season. Senior forward Antwan Robertson will miss one more game while fulfilling his seven-game suspension.

Sheppard Shines ... Senior guard Kevin Sheppard has been the Dolphins' most consistent player in the first six games. The Preseason All-Atlantic Sun guard leads the team with 19.0 points and 3.8 assists per game, including a career-best 30 points against No. 23 Mississippi State. Sheppard was named the A-Sun Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 23.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in three games last week. He is shooting 53 percent from the field and a team-best 83 percent (39-47) from the line.