Game 11: Jacksonville University (7-4) at Florida A&M (2-8)
Tallahassee, Fla. – Al Lawson Center – Saturday, Dec. 17, 4:00 p.m. ET
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Broadcaster: Scott Manze (Play-by-Play), Artis Gilmore (Color)
Series Record: JU leads FAMU 9-2
Last Meeting: December 21, 2015, at JU, JU wins 68-66
Record at Jacksonville: JU leads 7-1
Record at FAMU: Tied 1-1
Record at Neutral Site: JU leads 1-0
Record in OT: Tied at 0-0
Coach Jasick vs. Florida A&M: 2-0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Returning to the court after a week's absence, Jacksonville University (7-4) travels to Florida A&M (2-8) on Saturday for the first of three games in just five days. The Dolphins will then return home Monday to host Florida Memorial (5-3) before hitting the road again Wednesday to play at Davidson (5-3).
Recapping the Last Game
17 second-half points from Darien Fernandez led Jacksonville University to an impressive 21-point victory at Marist College (4-7) on December 10. The Dolphins defeated the Red Foxes 85-64. Trailing 35-33, Jacksonville rebounded from a tough shooting performance in the first half with a white hot start in the second. The Dolphins hit 8 of their first 9 attempts, fueling an incredible 21-3 run over the opening 5:55. Five Dolphins scored in double figures, including Fernandez (19), Cody Helgeland (18), Devin Harris (14), J.R. Holder (11), and Omar El Manasterly (11). Holder also scored his 1,000th point in the victory.
Recapping Last Year's Victory over Florida A&M
It came down to a replay of the final shot, but JU was able to escape with a 68-66 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers in the Historic Swisher Gym. The Dolphins were outscored 39-33 in the second half, and the Rattlers closed the period with an 11-8 run. Two Florida A&M free throws with 11 seconds left tied the game at 66-66, but Kori Babineaux came through in the clutch with two free throws of his own to cinch it for JU. Both teams had big runs, including 4-5 shooting at the line for the Dolphins in the final minute of the game.
Scouting the Opposition – Florida A&M
Florida A&M is in its third season under Head Coach Bryon Samuels. Both of the Rattlers' wins have come at home, where they hold a 2-2 record. FAMU is averaging 76.7 points per game while allowing 85.4 points per game, a margin of -8.7. Desmond Williams is the key for the Rattlers, leading in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounds (5.1 rpg).
- JU is holding its opponents to a league-low 68.5 ppg after 11 contests. In its last four wins, the Dolphins have allowed just 57.8 ppg. Last season the Dolphins allowed 76.0 ppg, third in the ASUN Conference.
- Holder ranks fifth in the ASUN with 17.9 ppg. The senior became the 169th player in ASUN history and the 31st in JU history to reach 1,000 career points with 11 at Marist.
- Helgeland has missed just once from the charity stripe this season. The senior leads the ASUN and is tied for sixth in the nation with a 96.2% free throw shooting percentage.