Men's hoops set for Super Sunday showdown

Feb. 4, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A year after hosting the Super Bowl, the city of Jacksonville is hosting another event on Super Sunday.

The Jacksonville men's basketball team will be looking for a breakthrough win on Super Sunday against Atlantic Sun Conference upstart Kennesaw State at 2 p.m.

The Dolphins (1-20, 1-13 A-Sun) continue to search for the method to break their 18-game losing streak. On Friday night, Jacksonville suffered its worst shooting performance in the last 14 games by hitting just 40 percent from the floor.

Jacksonville offense also was held in check by East Tennessee State as the Dolphins failed to score 40 points in a half for the first time in five games.

One of the bright spots in the game was the play of center Ljubisa Vrcelj. Vrcelj scored 13 points and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds while also swatting two shots.

"To have Ljubisa come in and play well for us is a step in the right direction," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "But, we need for everyone to step up as a team for us to succeed, not just one individual."

JU vs. Kennesaw State

When: Sunday, Feb. 5 (2 p.m.)

Where: Swisher Gymnasium

Records: JU (1-20, 1-13 A-Sun), Kennesaw State (11-12, 9-5 A-Sun)

Series: Kennesaw State leads 1-0

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 1:45 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 1:45 p.m.

JU Noteables: Ljubisa Vrcelj scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds on Friday vs. ETSU. Vrcelj's nine rebounds is his second highest career total and his 13 points is the fourth time he has scored in double figures in his career. Aubrey Conerly saw his consecutive game streak with five or more assists end at 11 after dishing out just two assists against ETSU. He did score 13 points to extend his double-digit scoring streak to five. David Fine came off the bench and in 16 minutes scored seven points while dishing out four assists and snagging four steals. Both the steals and assists are season highs for the freshman. For the first time since the season opener, Antonio Cool failed to hit a 3-pointer, going 0-for-6 from behind the arc. Cool did score 12 points and recorded a career-high three blocks while also dishing out three assists. He has now scored in double figures in 15 straight games. Evan Jefferson scored 12 points, going 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Friday. Jefferson's night now gives him two straight games in double figures and five on the season. The Dolphins hit just five 3-pointers in the game, snapping a streak of five straight games with at least six 3-pointers. Jacksonville saw its streak of four straight games with a 40-point half snapped on Friday. The Dolphins hit just 40 percent of their shots from the floor against ETSU, their worst shooting performance since hitting 39.1 percent against Florida on Dec. 18. The Dolphins racked up 11 blocks against ETSU, the most by the team this season. Mario Brown led JU with a season-high five, just one shy of tying his career high. The last time JU had 10 blocks in a game was on Feb. 7, 2004 against Campbell, a streak of 56 games. JU allowed 48 points in the paint against ETSU, the most since allowing 66 against Florida. It is the third straight game in which JU has been out scored inside. Jacksonville was out rebounded 46-35, giving up the edge on the glass for the fourth time in the last five games.

Kennesaw State Noteables: The Owls are coming off a 72-68 loss to North Florida on Friday. The Owls got 35 points from Andre Morgan and 13 from Brent Ragsdale, but those were the only two players to score in double figures. Golden Ingle, one of the leading scorers in the A-Sun, was held to just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.