Hot shooting Antonio Cool leads JU against Stetson

Jan. 4, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Over the last three games, Antonio Cool has been red hot.

The Dolphins (1-9, 1-2 A-Sun) are looking for another hot-shooting performance from the senior forward as Jacksonville travels to face Stetson on Thursday at 8:15 p.m.

Cool has led Jacksonville in scoring in each of the last three games, averaging 22 points per game over that span. All of this comes after struggling in the first seven games in which he averaged just 12.1 points per game.

"Antonio is getting better each game and playing with a lot more confidence," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "Our players are doing a better job of getting him the ball when he's open and he's hitting open shots."

To say Cool has been hot over the last three games may be an understatement. Cool has hit 23-of-41 from the floor (56.1 percent) and 11-of-20 from 3-point land (55.0 percent).

Prior to the heat wave, Cool was shooting just 37.2 percent from the floor (35-of-94) and was 9-of-46 from 3-point land (19.6 percent).

JU at Stetson

When: Thursday, Jan. 5 (8:15 p.m.)

Where: DeLand, Fla. (Edmunds Center)

Records: JU (1-9, 1-2 A-Sun), Stetson (1-10, 1-2 A-Sun)

Series: JU leads 35-26

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 8 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 8 p.m.

Storylines: Jacksonville looks to snap its seven-game losing streak. The Dolphins have lost eight in a row on the road dating back to last season. Jacksonville is looking to pull back to .500 in A-Sun play.

JU Noteables: The Dolphins and Hatteres have two common opponents - South Florida and Florida (Stetson lost 77-52 at home and Florida State, 75-57, while JU lost at USF and to FSU). Antonio Cool continued his red-hot play, leading JU with 19 points against Mercer, his fifth straight game in double figures. Ljubisa Vrcelj scored a career-high 16 points against Mercer, shattering his previous high of 12. Aubrey Conerly has scored in double figures in the last seven games for JU. He dished out seven assists at Mercer and has handed out five assists or more in six of the last seven games.

Stetson Noteables: 52 - The number of points Stetson scored in each of its first two home games this season. The Hatters lost to USF 77-52, but defeated North Florida 52-40. Stetson is playing just its third home game of the year. The Hatters are for their first two-game winning streak since Jan. 29-31 last year. Anthony Register has scored in double figures in 27 straight A-Sun games. Register and E.J. Gordon have combined for 2,480 career points.