Jacksonville (8-10; 3-2) aims to keep momentum going at Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday afternoon against Mercer (2-13; 1-2). The Dolphins enter the afternoon just one game out of first place amongst a crowded Atlantic Sun leaderboard.
JU continued it’s VMA magic on Thursday night producing an epic 99-92 triple overtime win over Kennesaw State. The win snapped a two game skid for the Dolphins while improving them to 5-1 in the downtown arena this season.
Junior Keith McDougald is coming off his best game of the season on Thursday. McDougald paced three JU players with a double-double by producing a season high 25 points and a career best 13 rebounds. Not only did he tie the game at the end of regulation with a key three-pointer, he scored five of JU’s 13 points in the decisive third OT session. He is averaging 14.0 ppg during A-Sun play this season.
Mercer is coming off a 66-47 win at North Florida on Thursday. The Bears only loss in the last five game was to Kennesaw State on Jan. 5. Travis Smith leads the team with 12.6 ppg.
- Jacksonville leads the all-time series 30-19
- The teams have split the series the last two years with each team defending their home court
- Fans can hear the Voice of the Dolphins, Terry Norvelle locally on 92.5 FM & 1010XL
Jacksonville begins a three game road swing by traveling to city rival North Florida next Friday.
- Head Coach Cliff Warren became JU’s all-time wins leader with his 108th career win on Thursday
- Glenn Powell is averaging 16.0 points in the last four games.
- Powell is the active leading rebounder (610) in the A-Sun and surpassed the 600 career rebounding mark vs Kennesaw
- JU has 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes a game, the most of any team in the A-Sun
- The Dolphins are 7-0 when leading at halftime this season
- JU is shooting 44 percent and averaging 69.0 ppg at VMA this season
- Jarvis Haywood scored a career high 18 points vs Kennesaw
- The last time JU played back to back OT games was Feb. of 2008. The opponent for the second OT game....Mercer