FRIDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2011
SunTrust River City Rumble opens men's conference schedule
The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team opens Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday at Noon when they make the short drive across town to face North Florida in the first of two SunTrust River City Rumble matchups this season.
Jacksonville (2-4) looks to rebound from two straight losses to top 25 teams, including Monday’s loss at #16 Marquette. Saturday’s game can be heard on 1010XL with Terry Norvelle calling the action or you can watch live on Comcast Sports Southeast (Ch. 54 in Jacksonville).
“Starting conference play is always important as these games are what we’ve prepared for through our non-conference schedule,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We’re focused on getting better each day and playing for 40 minutes.”
One of the constants thus far for the Dolphins has been the knack of anyone being the leading scorer on a given night. Through six games, five different players have led JU in scoring once – with Aloys Cabell being the only Dolphin to accomplish the feat twice. The balanced scoring shows – five Dolphins average 9.7 points per game or more right now, with Delwan Graham leading the team with just 11.0 points per game.
The breakthrough that came in the Marquette game was on the glass.
A staple during the Warren era has been JU’s ability to battle on the glass. For the first five games of this season, the Dolphins had lost the battle on the boards until Monday night when JU took home a two-rebound advantage.
This is the 16th matchup in the series history, with JU owning a 13-2 advantage - having won 11 of the last 12 meetings…JU has won the last five meetings at UNF Arena, the only loss coming in 2006…Russell Powell dished out 10 assists at Marquette, becoming the first Dolphin to hand out double-digit assists in a game since Ben Smith at Kennesaw State on Jan. 10, 2008...Tevin Galvin got his first start of the season and look more comfortable, scoring 10 points…Jacksonville hit nine 3-pointers against Marquette, with Chris Davis hitting a career-best four. The Dolphins have now hit at least five 3-pointers in every game this season.