SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2002
Men's Basketball Back In Action Against Upstart Seahawks

Dec. 28, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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Game Day Quick Facts...

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

Series Record: First Meeting

Last Game: JU lost, 74-50, at Illinois St. on Dec.18; UNC Wilmington defeated the College of Charleston, 78-69, on Dec. 23.

Up Next: The Dolphins open Atlantic Sun Conference play against Troy State on Sat., Jan. 4 at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by Fox SportsSouth and the Sunshine Network. UNC Wilmington hosts Hofstra on Jan. 4.

Home Sweet Home ... The Dolphins are happy to be home for a three-game stretch after playing eight of their first 10 games on the road. JU played its first 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 travelled 12,059 miles in the first month of the season. The Dolphins are 2-0 at home this season and 24-7 at Swisher Gymnasium dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Sheppard Nears Milestone ... Senior point guard Kevin Sheppard continues his steady play, leading the team and ranking seventh in the A-Sun with 16.8 points per game. He also leads the team with 4.2 assists and now ranks seventh all-time at JU with 338 career assists. Sheppard, who also ranks seventh all-time with 116 career steals, is just 14 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Daniels Fires Away ... Senior guard James Daniels has heated up from outside the last two games, hitting 11-of-21 three-pointers. As a team, JU has hit 20 treys that last two games.

Durham Watch ... Head coach Hugh Durham is just five wins shy of becoming the 11th active coach with 600 career victories. He also ranks sixth among active Division I coaches with 986 games coached. Durham has led the Dolphins to back-to-back 18-win seasons, while 12 of the 18 players who have completed their eligibility at JU in the last five seasons have graduated (three are still in school completing their degrees).