THURSDAY, JANUARY 09, 2003
Men's Basketball Prepares For Intra-State Rival Stetson

Jan. 9, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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Game Day Quick Facts...
TV: Atlantic Sun Game of the Week. Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS): Barry Milligan, play-by-play; Mark Wise, color.

Radio: ESPN 1460 AM (Cole Pepper, play-by-play) The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 7:45 p.m.

Series Record: JU leads 31-24 dating back to the first meeting Feb. 7, 1958.

Last Meeting: Stetson defeated JU, 68-58; Jan. 22, 2002 in DeLand, Fla.

Last Game: The Dolphins dropped another heartbreaker to Mercer, 71-68, on Monday. Stetson lost to Troy State, 85-81, on Monday at home.

Dolphins Notables...

Atlantic Sun Play ... The Dolphins dropped their first two A-Sun games in heartbreaking fashion - a 70-68 loss to Troy St. and a 71-68 loss to Mercer. JU's 0-2 start in A-Sun play is its worst since the 1998-99 season, when the Dolphins started 0-5 in the league before winning seven of their last 11 games. However, Georgia State started 0-3 in conference play last season and tied for the regular-season championship with a 14-6 league mark.

Sheppard Shines In A-Sun ... Senior point guard Kevin Sheppard has continued to be the Dolphins' most consistent scorer. Sheppard is averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 assists in A-Sun play, while leading the conference in scoring with 17.8 points per contest. He has led the team in scoring in nine games this season and has scored 20 or more points six times, including three-straight games.

Experience vs. Youth ... Hugh Durham, in his 35th season as a head coach, will be coaching his 990th game as a Division head coach tonight, which ranks fifth among active coaches. Derek Waugh, in his third season, will be coaching his 59th career game. By the time Waugh celebrated his first birthday, Durham had already amassed a 115-49 record and led Florida State to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1972 Final Four, where the Seminoles lost to UCLA, 81-76.

Dribbles ... Head coach Hugh Durham was honored on Sunday, Jan. 5, in Athens, Ga. as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Georgia's 1983 Final Four team.