Dolphins Finally Return Home To Face South Carolina State

Dec. 12, 2002


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Game Day Quick Facts...

Radio: ESPN 1460 AM (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Nate Stewart, color analysis) Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 6:45 p.m.

Series Record: JU leads 1-0

Last Meeting: JU defeated South Carolina St., 66-63; Dec. 4, 1998 at the Cardinal Club Classic in Muncie, Ind.

Last Game: JU lost to Montana St., 64-55, in the consolation game of the Hawkeye Challenge; SCSU defeated Alabama A&M, 88-75, on Dec. 7.

Up Next: The Dolphins head back on the road to face Illinois St. on Dec. 18. South Carolina St. plays at Wake Forest on Dec. 18.

Tough Stretch ... The Dolphins finally return home after seven straight road games following the season opener against Saint Leo. JU has played eight games in 16 days, including a stretch of six games in 10 days. In addition, the Dolphins played their first five games with just nine eligible players. All totaled, JU plays eight of its first 10 games on the road. The Dolphins' five losses have come against opponents with a combined 24-7 (.774) record, including No. 22 Mississippi State.

Sheppard Shines ... Senior point guard Kevin Sheppard continues his steady play, leading the team and ranking fourth in the A-Sun with 17.8 points per game. He also leads the team with 4.3 assists per game, including a season-high eight against Montana St., which moved him into ninth place at JU with 330 career assists. Sheppard has also moved up the all-time steals list, ranking eighth with 115 career steals, just one shy of Micah Ross (116).

Dolphins Finally at Full Strength ... After playing the first five games with just nine eligible players, the Dolphins are finally at full strength. Antwan Robertson returned to the lineup for the Montana St. game, marking the first time this season JU has played at full strength.

Warner Starts Strong ... Senior forward Calvin Warner started his season late, but has come on strong in his first three games. Warner is averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds since returning to the lineup, and was named to the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge All-Tournament Team after averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Dolphins' games against Southern Miss and Montana St.