FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008
JU hosts Kennesaw State in home finale
Feb. 22, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For JU senior guard Evan Jefferson, his career has been a long and winding road.
Two years ago he joined the team as a walk-on and now, three years later, he will play his final home game on Saturday against Kennesaw State as a starter. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m., following the JU women's game.
A native of Pensacola, Fla., Jefferson was a "super sub" his first two seasons before getting the starting nod for the past 16 games.
"Evan has been a joy to coach over the past three seasons," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "He has done everything that we've asked of him. He's improved as a player, but he's also improved off the floor and will graduate this spring. He's the epitome of why we are here - to teach these young men not just to play basketball, but to get an education and be productive in the community."
A long-range bomber, Jefferson has been one of the Dolphins top 3-point shooters during his career. He has racked up 90 3-pointers in his career and needs just nine more to climb the school's all-time top 10 list.
In playing every game the past two seasons, Jefferson became one of the spark plugs off the bench for JU. Last season, he scored in double figures seven times, scoring a career-high 18 points against Florida Tech.
This year, he continued to develop his game and became more of a well-rounded offensive threat as he became able to take his defender off the dribble. He has scored in double figures seven times, scoring a season-high 13 points four times.
"Evan is one of those guys who comes to practice every day ready to work and get better," Warren said. "This is an exciting time in his life and I know that he is going to enjoy every moment."
IN OTHER NEWS...
Allen's Hot Streak Continues: With his 22-point scoring effort on Thursday, Marcus Allen continues to turn heads and chase membership in the 1,000-point club. It is the sixth time in his last eight games that he has put up 20-points or more, averaging 20.2 points per game over that span.
Conference Tournament Seeding: JU's win on Thursday put them one step closer to securing one of the top two seeds in the upcoming conference tournament. The Dolphins now sport a two-game lead for second place over ETSU, Gardner-Webb and Stetson heading into the final three games. With two more wins, JU will lock up no worse than the No. 2 seed at the tournament and a first round date on Wednesday, March 5.
The Dolphins remain in the hunt for the A-Sun regular season title, trailing Belmont by just a game as they face Lipscomb tonight in the "Game of the Week."
Overtime Suits JU: The Dolphins have won their last three games in overtime, bringing Cliff Warren's record in overtime above .500 for the first time at 4-3. JU has played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since the 1995-96 season and with the three wins this season, have pushed the school's overall record in overtime games to 44-44. The most overtime games in a season is five, set by the 1981-82 squad.
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