Dolphins set for Swisher homestand

Jan. 17, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU men's basketball team wraps up its most hectic week of the season with a pair of home games against Atlantic Sun Conference rivals Mercer and Stetson.

But these aren't just any home games - both will be played on campus at Swisher Gymnasium, the first time the Dolphins have played on campus this season. Tipoff for Thursday night's tussle with Mercer is set for 7 p.m.

And this isn't just a regular week either. By the end of Saturday's contest against Stetson, the Dolphins will have played four games in seven days.

"We're looking forward to getting back home and playing in familiar surroundings," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "It's a very unique atmosphere playing on campus and we hope that all of our fans come out to make it a true home court advantage this week."

One of the positive developments out of the recent road trip was the emergence of Derek Duggins off the bench. The freshman scored a team-high 13 points against East Tennessee State, hitting three 3-pointers in the process. It was a season high for Duggins, whose previous season high was eight against Georgia.

Against both Kennesaw State and ETSU, the Dolphins freshman class scored more than half of JU's points. The youngsters put up 43 points against ETSU and 39 against Kennesaw State, giving the freshmen a majority of the scoring for JU in 10 games.

JU enters the weekend looking to snap a two-game losing streak while extending its home court winning streak. The Dolphins are 6-0 at home this season, averaging more than 80 points per game.

Tipoff for Saturday's game is set for 6 p.m. Both games can be heard live on the JU Sports Network, airing locally on ESPN-1460, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play.