Dolphins return for two-game homestand

Jan. 6, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After playing seven of its last eight games on the road, the Jacksonville men's basketball team gets its first homestand of the season starting Saturday against Lipscomb.

The Dolphins (1-10, 1-2 A-Sun) are hoping that playing in Swisher Gymnasium is just the tonic to get them back on track. Jacksonville has lost its last eight games and is in the midst of the longest losing streak since the 1996-97 campaign.

One of the reasons that the Dolphins are looking up is the recent play of center Ljubisa Vrcelj. Over the past two games, Vrcelj has scored 30 points and led the Dolphins in scoring against Stetson.

"The coaching staff and his teammates have challenged Ljubisa in practice and he's stepped up," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "He's been working hard in individuals and getting more post moves. He's made a difference the last couple of games and now we just have to get the rest of the team on the same page."

Jacksonville vs. Lipscomb

When: Saturday, Jan. 7 (3 p.m.)

Where: Jacksonville, Fla. (Swisher Gymnasium)

Records: JU (1-10, 1-3 A-Sun), Lipscomb (6-6, 2-2 A-Sun)

Series: JU leads 5-1

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 2:45 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 2:45 p.m.

Storylines: Jacksonville looks to snap its eight-game losing streak. The Dolphins return home after playing seven of the last eight games on the road.

JU Noteables: The Dolphins eight-game losing streak is tied for the fourth longest in school history. JU had its second-worst night of the season at the free throw line against Stetson (13-of-25). Ljubisa Vrcelj has busted out of his scoring shell, racking up 30 points in the last two games and led the Dolphins in scoring at Stetson with 14 on Thursday. Antonio Cool has scored in double figures in six straight games with his 13 points on Thursday. Cool dished out three assists against Stetson, tying his career high. Marcus Allen scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Allen has scored in double figures seven times this season. JU hit just four 3-pointers, its lowest total from behind the arc in the last four games.