Men’s Basketball Welcomes in Trinity Baptist to Open December
Tyler Alderman (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)
Tyler Alderman (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Following an eight-day layoff since their home game against the Florida Gators, the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team (2-4) concludes its three-game home stand with a game at Swisher Gym against the visiting Trinity Baptist Eagles. Tip time for the contest is 7 p.m. and is available on 92.5 FM, with Voice of the Dolphins Scott Manze set to bring the action.

Jarvis Haywood and Javon Dawson both look to make their Swisher Gym season debuts a successful one. Each sat out the Jacksonville victory over Florida College on Nov. 12, but have played vital roles within the team this year. Haywood has topped the JU charts in scoring in half of the team’s first six games this season, including last Monday when he scored 19 against Florida. Dawson also had a nice night playing the Gators, setting a season high with eight points and a career high with 31 minutes played.

Some other Dolphins will go into Tuesday looking to recreate the magic they had there the first time around. Jeremy Bogus smashed his career high at Swisher against Florida College, scoring 17 points in only 12 minutes, canning all four of his 3-point attempts. Down low, RJ Slawson and Tyler Alderman had two of their best games in the Green and Gold. Slawson recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Alderman joined Bogus in setting a career high that night against the Falcons, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The sophomore showed a different facet of his offense against Florida last week, setting a new career mark with three assists versus the Gators.

Trinity Baptist enters Tuesday’s game at 1-4 overall. The Eagles – who compete in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) – have been busy early in the season, playing exhibition contests against Division I opponents Bethune-Cookman and Charleston Southern, as well as Division II Valdosta State. Eight of the team’s 15 players hail from the Jacksonville area, including sophomore guard Charles Cooks, who has had at least 20 points in both games against the team’s D-I opposition.

After Tuesday night’s game, the Dolphins won’t play at home until they return to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for a Dec. 20 date against the Samford Bulldogs. Before that happens, JU makes the trip south on Dec. 7 to face the Florida Atlantic Owls in Boca Raton. The former conference rivals will get started at 3 p.m. that day from FAU Arena.