For the second time in three days Jacksonville (12-11; 7-3 A-Sun) hosts a match-up of A-Sun leaders as Florida Gulf Coast (15-8; 7-3 A-Sun) visits historic Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 pm. Following Thursday night’s results, the Dolphins and Eagles were tied with USC Upstate for first at 7-3. Mercer is half-a-game back at 6-3 heading into Friday’s game vs Kennesaw State.
JU has won five of the last six following a 71-70 win over Stetson on Thursday. Junior Keith McDougald led the way for the Dolphins with 19 points, including the game winning jumper with 20 seconds left. McDougald has given JU a huge lift in A-Sun play averaging five more (15.0 - 10.0) points per game compared to non-league action while improving his shooting from the field (47.2% - 34.7%) & from three (45.0% - 17.9%).
The freshmen duo of Kordario Fleming & Jarvis Haywood were also a major factor on Thursday combining for 27 points. Fleming scored all nine of his second half points in the final 10 minutes as he finished with a career best 16 points. Haywood meanwhile was all over the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
FGCU has won three straight following an 89-75 win at North Florida on Thursday. Sherwood Brown leads the team with 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. The Eagles won the first meeting this season 78-55.
Jacksonville leads the all-time series 7-4. The Dolphins are looking to end a four game skid against FGCU.
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Next Up For Jacksonville
The Dolphins travel to Mercer on Thursday and Kennesaw State on Saturday.