Men’s Basketball Makes Home Debut on Tuesday Night
Keith McDougald (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)
Keith McDougald (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team (0-1) returns home to face Florida College on Tuesday night at Swisher Gym. The game has a 7 p.m tip time and can be seen on ASun.TV or found on the radio dial at 92.5 FM with Voice of the Dolphins, Scott Manze, on the call.

Tuesday night’s home game is the first of 15 this season where the Dolphins will have the home court edge. JU plays at Swisher a total of four times on the season, with 11 more to take place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena beginning on Nov. 23 against Florida A&M.

The Dolphins opened their season on Friday night at Florida State and, after falling behind 7-0 to start, looked like the more poised team for long stretches of the first half. Jacksonville came back to lead throughout the middle of the opening stanza but eventually the size of FSU began to pay dividends for the Seminoles. Florida State outrebounded Jacksonville 22-11 in the first half and took a seven-point lead into the locker room.

The Dolphins had one last run in them. After falling behind by 10 with less than 18 minutes to play, a burst of offense from Vince Martin helped JU cut the lead to five at 50-45. Martin would end his first game in the Green and Gold with 13 points, five rebounds, and team-highs of five assists and five steals. That proved to be as close as Jacksonville would get however, as a number of opening-night mistakes contributed to 25 turnovers by the Dolphins and helped the Seminoles pile on late for a 91-67 win.

Jarvis Haywood led the Dolphins on the night with 15 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. In the first game of his sophomore campaign he quickly proved to be more effective from three-point range than he was as a freshman, when he connected on 10-of-34 for the entire season. Keith McDougald added 11 points for his 15th double-figure scoring game in his last 16 outings.

Tuesday’s opponent is the Florida College Falcons. A member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the Falcons have already played six games this season, posting wins over Webber International, Trinity Baptist, Florida National and Warner. They’ll play just one other Division I opponent this season, taking on Florida International on Thursday night. In six prior meetings against non-Division I opponents as head coach of Jacksonville, Cliff Warren has a perfect 6-0 record.

Following Tuesday’s home game, the Dolphins return to the road for a pair of contests in North Carolina. On Saturday, JU meets former Atlantic Sun rival Gardner-Webb at 7:30 p.m. They then close out the trip with a Monday night meeting with Wake Forest in a game that will be shown live on ESPN3. Tip-off for that game is at 7 p.m.