Dolphins set for Rumble on Friday with A-Sun spot on the line
Delwan Graham
Delwan Graham
Shamile Jeffers
Shamile Jeffers
The postseason fate of the Jacksonville men’s basketball team is in its own hands on Friday night when they face North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble.

The Dolphins (8-20, 6-11 A-Sun) need a win over their crosstown rivals to secure the eighth and final spot in the next week’s General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation and the guys know what is on the line,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We’re looking forward to a great crowd and tremendous atmosphere.”

Jacksonville has come alive in the last few weeks, winning three in a row and four of its last five games.

The game also marks the final home game for JU’s three seniors – Tevin Galvin, Delwan Graham and Shamile Jeffers. Galvin will be playing in his 117th career game at JU, tying him for sixth on the all-time games played list with the legendary Otis Smith.

- Friday’s contest is the 17th in series history, with Jacksonville holding a 13-3 lead. The Dolphins have won 11 of the last 13 meetings and own a 7-0 record at home vs. the Ospreys.

- Four Dolphins scored in double figures, led by Aloys Cabell’s 24 points, as JU held off a late rally for a 73-71 win over Kennesaw State - JU’s third straight win.

- The win over Kennesaw State on Monday was the 100th career victory for JU head coach Cliff Warren. He is now the third coach in program history to reach that mark at JU and need seven more wins to tie Rollie Rourke for the most in school history.