JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s the fitting way to end an amazing week from men’s basketball senior guard Keith McDougald. In three games in which he twice led the team in scoring, notched career highs in points and assists and also topped the 1,000-point plateau for his collegiate career, McDougald was honored on Monday as the Atlantic Sun’s Player of the Week.
Beginning a week ago with a contest at Lipscomb, McDougald averaged 20.0 points per game as the Dolphins topped the Bisons, then came home to defeat Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast. Those three wins allowed Jacksonville to make a big jump in the conference standings and shake up the league race by handing the Eagles their first loss in the Atlantic Sun.
McDougald scored 14 points in Nashville, helping JU to escape a late deficit and come away with its first road victory this season. He then offered up perhaps the single-best offensive performance of his career in an 88-75 win over Stetson, scoring 27 points and handing out seven assists to lead the Dolphins to the win. With a 3-pointer in the second half against the Hatters, he became the 29th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. He added a team-high 19 points and six rebounds on Saturday against FGCU, toppling the Eagles and pulling the Dolphins within a half-game of the league lead. He becomes the first Dolphin to win Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors since Aloys Cabell took home the award on Feb. 14, 2012.
McDougald and his teammates will be off in search of their fourth consecutive win on Friday night as they travel across town for their first River City Rumble matchup of the season at North Florida. Tip time is at 7 p.m. and the game will also be available on CSS and ESPN3.