DAYTON, OHIO - Rounding out the 2017 Wright State Tournament, Jacksonville University plays former ASUN opponent Gardner-Webb. The Dolphins and Runnin' Bulldogs will face each other at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Playing in its second game in as many days, Jacksonville University faced tournament host Wright State Saturday evening in the fourth game of the Wright State Tournament, hosted at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The Raiders won 68-44 over the Dolphins.
"We didn't do a very good job on either end of the floor," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "We got away from areas where I think we can be successful; I don't think we got a paint touch in the second half, we didn't talk care of the ball very well, and defensively it was a constant struggle for us today. So, we've got to make some progress tonight and hopefully come out tomorrow with some fire and energy. The aim is to get a second win before we head home."
Series Record: Jacksonville leads 8-6
Last Meeting: 12/17/2014 - at Jacksonville, Jacksonville wins 68-65
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads 6-1
Record at Gardner-Webb: Gardner-Webb leads 4-1
Record at Neutral Site: Tied 1-1
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Gardner-Webb: 1-0
One of Jasick's first wins at JU, Gardner-Webb and Jacksonville have a storied history. Both programs can lay claim to Naismith Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore, who played at Gardner-Webb in the 1960s while it was still a junior college before transferring to JU and spurring the Dolphins to a 1969-70 NCAA Championship game. Jacksonville holds an 8-6 advantage over the Bulldogs, including a 6-1 mark at home. But the former ASUN member holds bragging rights in Boiling Springs, N.C., with a 4-1 mark over the Dolphins. The two teams are tied 1-1 in neutral site meetings.
This year Gardner-Webb is 2-5 after falling at #12 Miami 45-77, at #7 Florida 74-116, and at UCF 65-68. Their first win in 2017 came at home against Warren Wilson College, a 119-81 blowout of the Owls, followed by a 93-70 win over Brevard College. In the Wright State tourney the Bulldogs are 0-2 after losing to Wright State 67-47 on Friday and losing to Fairfield 75-64 on Saturday. Averaging 72.4 ppg while allowing 79.1 ppg, the Bulldogs are shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and 36.5 from deep while struggling at the line, 63.1 percent. Tim Craft is in his fifth year at Gardner-Webb, leading the Runnin' Bulldogs to 74 wins in his previous four years.
Players to watch:
- #25 - Junior forward DJ Laster - Averaging 17.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg, Laster is close to a double-double on the year. He averaged 7.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 33 games in 2016-17.
- #11 - Redshirt junior guard David Efianayi - Averages 16.0 ppg and 3.8 boards a game. Named to the 2017-18 Preseason All-Big South Conference team after an honorable mention All-Big South nod in 2016-17, when he averaged 12.6 ppg in 32 games.
- #5 - Senior guard Liam O'Reilly - Shooting a deadly 56.5 percent from three (13-23), O'Reilly is third on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and fourth in rebounds per game (3.5 rpg) while dishing out 2.5 assists a game.