MONDAY, JANUARY 08, 2007
Dolphins ready for Tuesday's installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble
Jan. 8, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Coming off two wins at home to resume Atlantic Sun Conference play, the Jacksonville men's basketball team faces crosstown rival North Florida in the first edition of the SunTrust River City Rumble in 2007.
The Dolphins (6-8, 2-2 A-Sun) are coming off two impressive wins over Campbell and Gardner-Webb at home last week. JU's penchant for high scoring at home continued as the Dolphins racked up 90 points against the Camels, their sixth straight home game with 70 points or more.
Now, JU looks to take that home mentality on the road as the Dolphins try to pick up their first road win of the season. Tuesday's game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, with Matt Stewart and Sonny Smith calling the action. The game will also air on Fox College Sports Atlantic live as well.
"It's going to be a competitive game," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We need to come ready to play for 40 minutes."
One of the keys to JU scoring success has been the bench play. The Dolphins bench has scored at least 20 points in the last five games.
One of the reasons for the solid scoring off the bench has been the duo of Evan Jefferson and Tyrone Curnell. Jefferson is averaging 6.9 points per game, having hit a team-high 16 3-pointers this season. Curnell is the fourth leading scorer on the team, averaging 9.7 points per game after racking up a season-high 20 points against Campbell.
"The guys coming off the bench know they are going to play, and that they have to contribute when it's their time," Warren said. "For us to be successful, all 14 guys on the team have to contribute and that is what we've been able to do of late."
A year ago, the two teams split the season series, with each team winning on their respective home floor. JU's win over UNF, 88-71 at Swisher Gymnasium, was the last game for Jesse Kimbrough as he led the Dolphins with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
After that game, Kimbrough's season was stopped due to an injury, allowing him a chance to come back to face the rivals once more.
The game will also be broadcast on the JU Sports Network, airing locally on ESPN-1460, with Barry Milligan calling the action.
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