Jan. 10, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
To say that a lot is going on in JU Athletics may be a bit of an understatement right now. With the new year kicked off, things are going full-speed ahead as both basketball teams are riding three-game winning streaks entering a very important weekend of play. On top of that, all of JU's spring sports hit the practice field as their seasons begin in a few weeks. Here's some nuggets of what's going on around campus.
BIG WIN: The men's basketball team picked up a big win last night in knocking off UNF 64-60. The Dolphins led from the opening possession, a 3-pointer by freshman Ben Smith, until Jesse Kimbrough's 28-foot 3-point dagger with two minutes left. Despite a raucous crowd across town, the young guys held their composure and made plays down the stretch that turned into a positive result. Three wins in a row for JU has put the Dolphins into a tie for third place in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
THANK YOU: To all the fans that came across town and filled the JU cheering sections throughout UNF Arena, THANK YOU! Your support was a big part of the team's success last night and it doesn't go unnoticed.
"Our fans that were there supporting the team last night was a big help," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "I want to personally thank them for coming out and supporting us. It's always good to know in a hostile environment that you have some people in your corner cheering for you."
RUMBLE CONTINUES: With the dust settling on the men's first SunTrust River City Rumble tilt, the women's team gets their taste of the rivalry on Saturday as JU hosts UNF in a key A-Sun matchup. Both teams are at 2-2 in league play with the winner of Saturday's game making a big move upwards in the standings.
"Every conference game is a big game for us," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We know that we're going to have to play 40 minutes of solid basketball to have a chance against a team like UNF."
KRIZANOVIC GETS MLS SHOT: After a stellar goal-scoring career at JU, Tommy Krizanovic is getting his shot at the MLS. JUDolphins.com's Brian DeLettre will have a story on Thursday detailing Tommy's trip to the MLS combine in preparation for the MLS SuperDraft on Friday. We here at JUDolphins.com wish Tommy the best of luck in his future endeavors.
BELL COMPILING COACHING STAFF: Recently named head coach Kerwin Bell is in the process of compiling his first coaching staff at JU. Bell has been attending the American Football Coaches Association's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week. While there, Bell has been working to finalize his staff that will hit the road recruiting in the coming weeks. As soon as the staff is finalized, JUDolphins.com will post a release on the new members of the staff.
TRACK SEASON BEGINS: The JU women's indoor track & field team hits the ground running (figuratively and literally) this weekend at the Florida Intercollegiates in Gainesville. The Dolphins won the Atlantic Sun Conference indoor and outdoor titles last year and begin their title defenses this week.