JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hosting Milwaukee (5-3) Tuesday at 7 p.m., Jacksonville University (3-6) will look for revenge after the Dolphins lost for the first time against the Panthers at Milwaukee last season.
Trailing by 16 points on the road with just over five minutes left on the clock, Jacksonville University (3-6) showed incredible resiliency Saturday night by outscoring Eastern Kentucky (4-4) 18-2 in the final five minutes of the game, forcing overtime tied 59-59. But momentum swung back to the home team in the extra period, and Eastern Kentucky escaped with a 70-65 victory over JU.
"We've got to get better at playing the game to our strengths," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "We've got a lot of new guys, but we've got to continue to grow. So, give credit to our young players. They competed their butts off the last six minutes. There's a lot we need to clean up, but it is fixable. This team is still trying to figure out who they are, how they need to play, and get comfortable with that early in the year. Hopefully we get that sooner than later."
Jace Hogan stretched his double-digit scoring streak to seven consecutive games with 20 points. He's the first Dolphin since at least the 1999-2000 season to score 10 or more points in each of his first seven games in a Dolphin uniform. Hogan also had 10 rebounds, his third double-double in a row and fourth on the year.
Series Record: Jacksonville leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 11/30/2016 - at Milwaukee, Milwaukee wins 72-67
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads 2-0
Record at Milwaukee: Milwaukee leads 1-0
Record at Neutral Site: Jacksonville leads 1-0
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Milwaukee: 0-1
Jacksonville vs. Horizon League Teams: 7-5 (3-1 record vs. Milwaukee, 3-3 record vs. Northern Kentucky, 0-1 record vs. Wright State, 1-0 record vs. Youngstown State)
After the 2016-17 head of the program, LaVall Jordan, left the program to take the head coaching position at Butler University, Pat Baldwin was named the seventh head coach of Milwaukee basketball since the Panthers made the move to NCAA Division 1 in 1990. Baldwin has his squad 5-3 on the year and in second in the Horizon League standings after the Panthers were picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Horizon League in the preseason poll.
Averaging 67.2 points per game while allowing just 65.1 points per game, Milwaukee is shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 30.3 percent beyond the arc while giving up 44.4 percent and 39.7 percent, respectively, to opposing teams.
Players to watch:
- #3 – Redshirt junior guard Brock Stull – Leads the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and assists (22 on the year). Stull earned the 2016-17 Clay Tucker Award (team's most valuable player) and was named to the College Sports Madness All-Horizon League Preseason Second Team.
- #50 – Redshirt senior forward Brett Prahl – One of two 6'9" Prahl twins on the Panther squad, Brett is second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), second in rebounding (6.0 rpg), and leads the team in blocks (11 on the year). The Prahl twins where numbers 50 and 52, are both 6'9", both weigh 225 pounds, and are both accounting majors. The other Prahl, Alex, has played in just five games this year, averaging two minutes a game.
- #24 – Sophomore forward Bryce Nze – Third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and leading in the efforts at the glass (8.0 rpg), Nze (pronounced EN-zee) had a stellar freshman campaign in 2016-17, shooting 66.2 percent from the floor (100-151), the best shooting performance by a freshman in Panther history.