FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2005
Basketball Takes on Gardner-Webb in A-Sun Semifinals

March 4, 2005

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Game Day Quick Facts

TV: Comcast Sports Southeast (Barry Milligan, play-by-play; Sonny Smith, color)
Radio: The Winner, AM 970 WNNR (Cole Pepper, play-by-play).
Last Game: #4 JU defeated #5 Lipscomb, 68-64. #1 Gardner-Webb defeated #7 Troy, 64-62.
Series Record: JU leads 3-2 dating back to the first meeting on Jan. 25, 2003.
Last Meeting: JU defeated Gardner-Webb, 69-58, on Jan. 31 at Swisher Gymnasium.
Up Next: The winner plays the winner of the #2 UCF vs. #3 Belmont Saturday at 1 p.m. CST live on ESPN2

Dolphin Notables

• THE MONKEY IS GONE ... JU's 68-64 win over Lipscomb was the Dolphins' first postseason win since 1997 and their first tournament win in seven seasons as a member of the A-Sun. It was also the first postseason win for head coach Hugh Durham at JU, which includes seven seasons in the Atlantic Sun and one season in the Sun Belt Conference.

• JU IN THE SEMIFINALS ... This is JU's first appearance in the conference tournament semifinals since 1996, when the Dolphins lost to Arkansas-Little Rock, 67-60, in the Sun Belt Conference semis JU's last semifinal win was in 1989 when the Dolphins defeated Western Kentucky, 77-72, to advance to the Sun Belt championship game against South Alabama. JU went on to lose to the Jaguars, 105-59, in the worst defeat in school history. The Dolphins are 3-9 all-time in 12 semifinal appearances in 29 seasons of conference tournament play. JU has advanced to the championship game on 3 occasions, including Sun Belt Conference titles in 1979 and 1986.

• JU vs. # 1 ... JU is 3-9 all-time against the No. 1 seed in conference tournament play, but both of JU's Sun Belt Conference Championships came after beating the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. JU was the No. 4 seed in both tournaments. The Dolphins' last meeting with the top seed was in 2003, when JU lost to No. 1 Mercer, 73-57. JU's last win over a No.1 seed was in 1986 when the 4th-seeded Dolphins defeated No. 1 Old Dominion, 67-61, in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament en route to the league title. The No. 1 seed is 41-15 all-time in 26 years of the A-Sun Tournament and had appeared in the championship game in 6 of the last 8 years, including 4 league titles. The last No. 1 seed to win the A-Sun Championship was Georgia State in 2001. In 29 years of league play, JU has never been a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

JU vs. Gardner-Webb - 2005
The Dolphins split the season series with Gardner-Webb, losing 81-53 in Boiling Springs and then beating the Bulldogs, 69-58, just nine days later in Jacksonville. It was a tale of two games. In the first meeting, JU trailed just 29-28 at the half, but GWU opened the second half on a 17-0 run and never looked back. It was the Dolphins' lowest scoring output of the season, while allowing 52 second-half points. In the return matchup, JU jumped out to a 41-25 halftime lead, the largest of the season, and went on to limit the Bulldogs to just 58 points for the entire game, their second-lowest output of the season. The Dolphins limited GWU to just 30.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 7-of-26 from three-point range. JU forced 20 turnovers, out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 44-32, and allowed just 14 points in the paint. The Dolphins had 5 players score in double figures.

JU limited GWU to 36 percent shooting from the floor in the two meetings, including 32 percent from outside the arc. The Dolphins also averaged 41.0 rebounds per game and shot 44 percent from three-point range. Gardner-Webb had 27 steals in the two meetings this season and shot 32-of-40 (80%) from the free throw line. JU shot just 17-of-30 (57%) from the line in the two games and committed 53 turnovers (26.5/game).

The Dolphins had four players average double figures vs. GWU this season, led by B.J. Surry at 12.0 points per game. Surry scored a game-high 16 points in just 22 minutes off the bench, hitting a season-best 4 three-pointers in JU's win. Haminn Quaintance averaged 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the season series, but also committed 12 turnovers. Point guard Jesse Kimbrough averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting guard David Lee averaged 10.0 points and 6.0 boards per game against the Bulldogs. Kimbrough, Lee and Antonio Cool combined to shoot just 19-for-53 (36%) from the field against GWU.

Gardner-Webb's Brian Bender averaged 21.5 points (13-16 FT) against JU this year, including 6-of-12 three-pointers. Tim Jennings added 11.0 points per game, while Chris Gash and Simon Conn combined for 16.5 points and 17.0 rebounds per game against the Dolphins.