RICHMOND, Ky. - Looking to even up the series after dropping a close battle at home last season, Jacksonville University will look for revenge at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The Dolphins (3-5) will face the Colonels (3-4) at 6 p.m. at McBrayer Arena.
The game can be seen on the OVC Digital Network and be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida.
Jacksonville University's potential was evident Thursday when JD Notae led the Dolphins' offensive effort with 24 points and Jalyn Hinton dominated defensively with 12 rebounds and three blocks. But it wasn't quite enough for JU; the Dolphins (3-5) fell to Bethune-Cookman (4-3) 77-66 in Swisher Gym.
"We've got a lot of work to do," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "It was evident from the get-go that Bethune-Cookman was more interested in competing today than our group, which was unfortunate because we had a good weekend and some good energy around our program the last week or so. That was not reflective of our effort today."
Series Record: Eastern Kentucky leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 12/7/16 - at Jacksonville, Eastern Kentucky wins 80-76
Record at Jacksonville: Eastern Kentucky leads 1-0
Record at Eastern Kentucky: N/A
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Eastern Kentucky: 0-1
Eastern Kentucky is 3-4 this season, its third under Dan McHale, who is 30-39 (11-21 OVC) in his time with the Colonels. Eastern squeaked out a win at Rice to open the year, then lost by 10 at Ole Miss. Their second win of the year came at home in a 31-point victory over Division II Kentucky State, but the Colonels have gone 1-3 since then with losses against Prairie View A&M and Eastern Washington in Las Vegas, a win over NAIA opponent Asbury, and a loss at cross-state rival Western Kentucky.
Eastern Kentucky is averaging 75.3 points, 38.6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3.4 blocks a game while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent from three.
Players to watch:
- #10 - Junior guard Nick Mayo - EKU's leading scorer at 18.0 points-per-game. He'd scored at least 10 points in 40 consecutive before totaling just seven points at Western Kentucky. He'd already scored 1,000 points before the end of his sophomore season.
- #11 - Sophomore guard Asante Gist - A member of the 2016-17 OVC All-Newcomer team, Gist returned to action at Western Kentucky after missing five games with an ankle injury.
- #20 - Freshman guard Dedric Boyd - Named the OVC Newcomer of the Week after knocking down a career-high four three-pointers, totaling a game-high 18 points in EKU's 83-51 loss at Western Kentucky on Nov. 29.