TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2005
Men's basketball returns to the floor at Georgia Southern

Dec. 13, 2005

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville men's basketball team has enjoyed its last two trips to Georgia Southern.

The Dolphins (1-4) will head to Statesboro for the first time since 2000 as Jacksonville looks to pick up its first win on the road this season on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

What once was a heated rivalry in the 1960s and 70s faded over the years as the two teams did not play from 1982 until 1999. JU has won the last two meetings in Statesboro, in 2000 and 1982.

"Georgia Southern is good basketball team," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "They are coming off a big win on the road last week and will be eager to play at home."

Jacksonville has lost all three of its games on the road this year. During those three games, the Dolphins have trailed by 10 points or more inside the first 10 minutes of the game.

In the Dolphins last outing, Coastal Carolina opened an early 20-9 lead as JU never led in the contest.

"We have to come out and play with intensity for all 40 minutes," Warren said. "We are starting to learn that we can't afford to take a possession off and not execute on offense or defense."

One of the pleasant surprises so far for JU is the emergence of freshman Marcus Allen. In his three games when he has come off the bench, he is averaging 13.3 points per game. He also picked up his first career double-double against Coastal Carolina, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

Jacksonville leads the all-time series, 16-13, but has not won in Statesboro since 1961, losing its last six meetings at Georgia Southern.