TUESDAY, JANUARY 03, 2012
Dolphins face perennial conference power Belmont on Wednesday
The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team wraps up its first homestand of the season on Wednesday when they host perennial Atlantic Sun Conference power Belmont at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Dolphins (2-11, 0-2 A-Sun) look to rebound from a 77-71 loss to Lipscomb on Monday night despite having four players score in double figures.
Belmont (10-5, 3-0 A-Sun) is the defending champion and preseason pick to win the A-Sun again this year. The Bruins are coming off a 30-point win at UNF on Monday night, with five players scoring in double figures.
“Belmont is a well-coached team that plays hard every time out,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We need to keep making progress on focus on getting better for the entire 40 minutes.”
For 35 minutes on Monday night, JU looked to have the upper hand on Lipscomb. It was just in those other five minutes that the Bison had a 17-3 run to start the second half and turn a tie game into a 16-point lead that the Dolphins were unable to overcome.
Leading JU’s comeback efforts was Keith McDougald. The sophomore from Jacksonville scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. He received some assistance from senior forward Tevin Galvin, who hit a career-high tying four 3-pointers in the game, including one with 8.5 seconds left that pulled JU within four.
Galvin’s hot night from behind the arc was more than half of JU’s seven 3-pointers, the most by the Dolphins since hitting nine at Marquette back on Nov. 29.
Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m., with the game scheduled to follow the JU women’s tilt against Belmont. The men’s game will be broadcast on 1010XL and can be watched on ASun.TV.
Wednesday’s game will be the 20th meeting between the two teams with Belmont holding a 13-6 lead in the series...The Bruins have won the last three meetings, sweeping the two meetings last season…Jacksonville has not made as many free throws as its opponent in a game this season…The Dolphins defense has given up some hot shooting nights this season, with the last nine opponents hitting at least 40 percent from the floor and six of those opponents hit better than 50 percent…On the season, JU has given up a big run to start the second half six times, with the Lipscomb run being the only one to happen at home. Glenn Powell blocked four shots, tying his career and season highs…He also recorded a career-high tying 32 minutes of action…Evin Graham dished out two assists, a new season high…Chris Davis dished out three assists, setting a new career high.