Dolphins wrap up non-conference play Thursday

Dec. 28, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team gets its first home game in 27 days and just its second this season inside the cozy confines of Swisher Gymnasium on Thursday as the Dolphins host Georgia Southern.

Jacksonville (1-7) is looking to snap a five-game losing streak and avenge an 81-67 loss to the Eagles back on Dec. 14.

"We're looking forward to this game and getting back out on the court," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "It's exciting to be playing at home and I'm encouraged by the way we have practiced since returning from the Christmas break."

The Dolphins are hoping that returning to the "Swish" for the first time in almost a month will be a spark. Jacksonville has won its last nine non-conference home games in Swisher.

The power of Swisher's home court advantage can't be underestimated. One of the toughest places to play in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Dolphins have picked up at least nine wins at home in each of the last five seasons. To top it all off, JU has only one season in where the Dolphins didn't have a winning record at home.

"When we played North Florida, we had a great environment for a college basketball game," Warren said. "Despite the students not being on campus, with the great fans that we have, Thursday's game will have a great atmosphere as well."

JU vs. Georgia Southern

When: Thursday, Dec. 29 (7 p.m.)

Where: Jacksonville, Fla. (Swisher Gymnasium)

Records: JU (1-7), Georgia Southern (7-4)

Series: JU leads 16-14

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 6:45 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 6:45 p.m.

Storylines: Jacksonville wraps up non-conference play looking for its first win outside of the Atlantic Sun. The Dolphins return to Swisher Gymnasium for just the second time this season. JU won its only home game at the "Swish" on Dec. 2, 88-71 against North Florida. JU is looking to snap a five-game losing streak, the longest since the losing six in 2003-04. The Dolphins are trying to avoid having second worst start in school history.

JU Noteables: Jacksonville has won at least one non-conference game against a Division I opponent every year since 1996-97. The Dolphins have won their last two games at the "Swish." The Dolphins have won nine straight non-conference games at home, with five coming against Division I opponents. Antonio Cool tied his career high with 22 points against Georgia Tech. The senior also hit four 3-pointers in the game, tying his career high in that category. Marcus Allen scored 15 points against Georgia Tech to set a new season high for him. The Dolphins hit 10 3-pointers against the Yellow Jackets, the most in a game this season.

Georgia Southern Noteables: Elton Nesbitt tied his season high in points with 28 while leading the Eagles to an 82-71 win at Arkansas State Saturday night. The win is the third straight for Georgia Southern.