FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
JU hosts ETSU in battle of the A-Sun’s 1-loss teams
Having recovered in the second half to beat USC Upstate on Thursday, the JU men’s basketball team wraps up a short two-game homestand on Saturday against ETSU.
Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m. in the second half of a doubleheader with the JU women’s team. The game will be broadcast live on 1010XL as well as ASun.TV.
The matchup features the Atlantic Sun Conference’s only one-loss teams, with ETSU (11-7, 6-1 A-Sun) riding a seven-game winning streak after a win over UNF on Thursday. The Dolphins (11-4, 5-1 A-Sun) have won five of their last six games.
“ETSU is a tough, experienced team that knows what it takes to win in this league,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We worked on a lot of the mistakes that we made against Upstate today. We gave a lot of second chance opportunities to Upstate and we can’t afford to do that against ETSU.”
Jacksonville posted its lowest total (45) in regulation since scoring 43 against Samford on Feb. 8, 2003, but saw the offense come alive in overtime. The Dolphins were perfect in the extra session, hitting all three shots and all six free throws.
The hero was freshman Keith McDougald.
Having struggled of late scoring, McDougald came alive in the second half and overtime. He hit a huge 3-pointer to put JU on top with 57 seconds left in regulation and then scored eight points in the overtime en route to a team-high tying 15 points.
Another big contributor was the two power forwards – Tevin Galvin and Delwan Graham. The duo combined for 10 points and 21 rebounds, with Galvin getting 11 and Graham getting a career-high 10. Seven of Galvin’s rebounds were on the offensive end while Graham had nine on the defense end.