Basketball Prepares For Run at A-Sun Championship

March 2, 2005

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Game Day Quick Facts

TV: Comcast Sports Southeast (Barry Milligan, play-by-play; Sonny Smith, color)
Radio: The Winner, AM 970 WNNR (Cole Pepper, play-by-play).
Last Game: JU lost to Mercer, 88-61, in Macon. Lipscomb defeated Troy, 87-79, at the Allen Center.
Series Record: JU leads 4-1 dating back to the first meeting on Dec. 20, 1962.
Last Meeting: Lipscomb defeated JU, 73-63, on Feb. 3 at Allen Arena.
Up Next: The winner plays the winner of the #1 Gardner-Webb vs. #8 Troy on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ct.

Dolphin Notables

• THE SKINNY ... The Dolphins clinched a spot in the A-Sun Championship for the 7th straight season by winning 10 of their last 15 games to finish 4th in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings. At 15-12 (11-9 A-Sun), JU has ensured itself of a winning record for the first time since 2001-02 (18-12, 12-8) and eclipsed its win total from each of the last two seasons. The Dolphins are still looking for their first A-Sun Tourney win and their first win in postseason play since 1997.

• Q'S DONE IT AGAIN ... Sophomore Haminn Quaintance was voted First-Team All-Atlantic Sun by the league's head coaches, marking the second consecutive season he has earned all-conference honors. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged a team-high 13.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.4 blocks and 2.0 steals per game, while ranking among the league's leaders in 8 statistical categories. He was the only underclassmen selected to the first team. Quaintance, who also earned A-Sun Freshman-of-the-Year and second-team all-conference honors last season, is the first Dolphin since Ronnie Murphy (1984-85) to earn all-conference honors as a freshman and sophomore.

• DRIBBLES ... The Dolphins lead the A-Sun in FG percentage defense (.423) and blocks (5.7 bpg)...JU is 10-1 this season when limiting opponents to 70 points or less...Haminn Quaintance is averaging 18.7 points and shooting 56.3 percent the last 7 games...David Lee is averaging 15.3 points in the last 7 games since returning from injury...The Dolphins are 9-2 in close games this year, including 7 come-from-behind wins...Hugh Durham is 3 wins shy of becoming JU's all-time winningest coach (108 wins)...JU's .365 three-point FG percentage is the best since 1995-96 (.365).

Tourney Time
The Dolphins are 20-26 all-time in conference postseason tournament play. JU sported a 20-20 record in 22 years of the Sun Belt Tourmament, including the 1986 Sun Belt Championship after the Dolphins downed UAB in Birmingham, 70-69, to capture the title. JU's 20 Sun Belt Conference Tournament wins still rank 3rd all-time. The Dolphins are 0-6 in postseason play since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference prior to the 1998-99 season. JU's last postseason win was a 101-80 victory over Arkansas State at the 1997 Sun Belt Tournament in Little Rock, Ark.

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