DAYTON, OHIO - Jacksonville University (2-3) continues its basketball feast Saturday with the second game of the Wright State Tournament. The Dolphins will tip against tourney host Wright State at 5 p.m., just 24 and a half hours after a stellar win over Fairfield (2-2) in the tournament's opener.
After setting a career high of 23 points in Jacksonville University's win over Webber International on Monday, Devin Harris one-upped himself Friday night in the Dolphins' 92-84 victory over Fairfield in the opening game of the Wright State Tournament. Harris had 24 points and 10 rebounds, his second consecutive and third career double-double.
"Good effort by our guys today. I'm really proud of how they handled some adversity in the second half," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "Give Fairfield credit. They really raised their energy level and their pressure in the second half. We were just okay against it, so that's something we need to improve upon, but a pretty good way to start the weekend."
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Record at Jacksonville: N/A
Record at Wright State: N/A
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Wright State: N/A
The third of four teams this season that Jacksonville is playing for the first time, Wright State is 2-3 on the year. Jacksonville is 148-108 in first-time games after beating Fairfield and Webber International this season. The Raiders (with a wolf mascot) lost at Loyola to open the year, lost in overtime at Miami (Ohio), and lost at home against Murray State before winning at home in a blowout over Tiffin. Wright State won its tourney opener 67-47 over Gardner-Webb on Friday. Scott Nagy is in his second year as head coach of Wright State after leading his team to a 20-win season in 2016-17, the first since 2008. Nagy came from Wright State after 21 years at South Dakota State, and has coached against Jacksonville head coach Tony Jasick many times. Jasick, who was the head coach at IPFW before coming to JU and was an associate head coach at IPFW for several years before that, was a Summit League rival of Nagy. Wright State averages 70.3 ppg while allowing 71.5, and is shooting 42.3 percent from the floor and 29.0 percent from three. Opponents of Wright State are shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 38.0 percent from three.
Players to watch:
- #2 - Redshirt freshman guard/forward combo Everett Winchester - Leading the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and is third in rebounding (5.3 rpg) after sitting out the 2016-17 season. Was a two-time team captain and team MVP at Gilman High School in Baltimore, Maryland, averaging 22.5 ppg as a senior.
- #13 - Senior guard Grant Benzinger - Second in scoring (12.5 ppg) and leads the team in shooting beyond the arc (33.3 percent). Was a member of the Horizon League Newcomer Team in 2014-15. Traveled to China in the summer of 2017 with Athletes In Action.
- #1 - Senior guard Justin Mitchell - Averaging 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg, Mitchell ranked second in the Horizon League in rebounding in 2016-17. He shot 53.4 percent from the floor the year in 2016-17.