JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Returning to Swisher Gym after a three-day, three-game basketball extravaganza in Dayton, Ohio, Jacksonville University (3-4) will close out November by hosting a well-known opponent. The Dolphins will face the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University (3-3) for the 16th time at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Thursday's game can be seen on ESPN3 and be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida.
Single-game ticket prices cost $10.00 for general admission, $5.00 for senior citizens and children, and $5.00 per person in groups of 15 or more.
THE LAST TIME OUT – WRIGHT STATE THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
The Dolphins finished second in the Wright State Thanksgiving Tournament behind the tourney host, Wright State. Jacksonville went 2-1 in the mid-season tournament event (MTE) with a 92-84 win over Fairfield, a 68-44 loss to Wright State, and a 106-99, three-overtime victory over Gardner-Webb.
Thanks to their stellar performances in the Thanksgiving tourney and against Webber International before that, Devin Harris (19.3 points, nine rebounds, 6.3 assists, two steals, and 39.7 minutes a game) and Jace Hogan (18.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals, and 38.7 minutes a game) earned the ASUN Player and Newcomer of the Week awards, respectively. It marked just the second time in ASUN history that Jacksonville swept the league's weekly awards.
Game Notes: Jacksonville l Bethune-Cookman l ASUN
Broadcasters: Scott Bacon (PBP), Vince Martin (Color)
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins, 1010 XL
Broadcaster: Scott Manze (PBP)
Series Record: Jacksonville 12-3
Last Meeting: 12/5/2016 - at Bethune-Cookman (Embry Riddle), Jacksonville wins 76-66
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads 9-2
Record at Bethune-Cookman: Jacksonville leads 3-1
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: Bethune-Cookman leads 1-0
Coach Jasick vs. Bethune-Cookman: 2-1
Bethune-Cookman is 3-3 on the year after beating Johnson University at home, losing all three games of a road trip through Texas (UTRGV & North Texas) and Georgia (Georgia Tech), and beating Grambling State and Florida College at home. The Wildcats are coached by Ryan Ridder, who is in his first season as head coach after four years as the head of Daytona State College. Ridder's Daytona State squads produced 95 victories, four Mid-Florida Conference championships, 17 all-conference players, and an NJCAA Second Team All-American.
BCU leads the MEAC in total rebounds a game (48.83), total blocks (39), field goal percentage defense (40.3), and three-point field goal percentage defense (28.2). The Wildcats have also totaled over 20 assists in the last two games.
Players to watch:
- #3 - Senior guard/forward combo Brandon Tabb – Averaging 20.7 ppg, Tabb was a member of the Preseason All-MEAC team. He's shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc, 41 percent overall, and 96 percent from the penalty stripe.
- #12 – Junior forward Shawntrez Davis – Averaging 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, Davis is second in the MEAC in defensive boards (6.67/game) and leads the MEAC in offensive boards (3.83/game). He has 14 blocks on the year.
- #2 – Junior guard/forward combo Isaiah Bailey – Third on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and third in rebounds (4.7 rpg), Bailey originally enrolled at Fresno State in 2014. He then transferred to Pratt Community College for 2015, Angelina for 2016, and now plays at BCU.