JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Following a come-from-behind victory over Kennesaw State Thursday evening, the Jacksonville University men's basketball team now stands as one of two ASUN teams with an undefeated conference record. The Dolphins (8-11, 2-0 ASUN) look continue their three game winning streak this weekend, when they host Lipscomb (11-6, 1-1 ASUN) on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Swisher Gym.
Saturday's game can be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida with "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze on the call. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3, with Scott Bacon and Vince Martin calling the action.
LAST TIME OUT
JU improved to 2-0 in conference play Thursday evening, dominating in the second half to take down Kennesaw State, 65-58. Trailing by as many as 12 in the contest, the Dolphins shot nearly 54 percent in the final 20 minutes, and used a 16-2 run down the stretch to close the gap. Three 'Phins eclipsed double-digit scoring in the affair, as Jace Hogan, Devin Harris, and JD Notae all put up 14 points. Adding eight rebounds and eight assists, Harris come close to dropping JU's first triple-double since 1995 for the second time this season.
"We have a little bit of a love/hate relationship [with our team]," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "Give our guys a lot of credit for their resiliency in the second half."
For the first time since the 2012-13 season, JU started 2-0 in conference play. Following the completion of ASUN action Thursday evening, the Dolphins join FGCU as the only schools with a perfect record in the conference. With a win, the Dolphins will move to 3-0 in the ASUN for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when they won their first four conference games and finished 13-7, advancing to the second round of the CIT.
For the third consecutive week, a JU player won an ASUN Weekly Award. The conference announced Monday that freshman Jalyn Hinton is the ASUN Newcomer of the Week. The Boston, Mass. native averaged 19 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. Hinton posted his first-career double-double against Trinity Baptist (16P, 10R), and dropped a career-high 22 points in last Saturday's win over North Florida.
The Dolphins enter Saturday's contest riding a three-game winning streak, their longest of the season thus far. Over that time, the team has averaged 86.4 PPG, while holding opponents to just 64 points. JU has a rebounding margin of +9.3 over the last three games, and averaged 4.3 more three-pointers than their opponents. Jacksonville's last four game win period was Jan 23. - Feb. 6, 2016, when they won five straight.
Through 19 games, there are multiple Dolphins who stand atop or close in several statistical categories in the ASUN. Hinton is second in the conference in field goal percentage (56.9) and in blocks-per-game (1.1). Notae is fourth in overall scoring (16.3) and second in steals-per-game (1.9). Harris ranks second in defensive rebounds (5.6) and assists-per-contest (4.9).
Series Record: Lipscomb leads, 17-14
Last Meeting: 2/18/17, Lipscomb won, 81-69 at Lipscomb
Record at Jacksonville: JU leads 9-6
Record at Lipscomb: Lipscomb leads, 11-4
Record at Neutral Site: 0-0
Record in OT: Lipscomb leads, 2-0
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT- LIPSCOMB
The Bisons enter Saturday's contest with an 11-6 overall record, the best among ASUN schools. After beginning conference play with an 86-71 road victory over Kennesaw State, LU fell victim to North Florida in Jacksonville on Thursday, suffering a 102-96 loss. Lipscomb could not overcome the Ospreys' 14 triples, and suffered their first conference setback despite out-rebounding UNF 50-41.
LU holds the second-highest scoring average in the conference, putting up 79.2 PPG and a +3.9 scoring margin, also second best. The Bisons have complemented their high-powered O with a solid showing defensively, posting the third-best scoring defense (75.3 PPG). Lipscomb sits atop the ASUN in rebounding offense (40.4), blocked shots (3.6), defensive rebounds (39.2), and defensive rebounding percentage (76.1).
Players to watch:
#24 – Junior guard Garrison Mathews - Leading the conference in scoring (23.3 PPG), Mathews is the only player in the conference averaging above the 20-point mark, ranking 12th nationally. A Preseason All-ASUN selection, he has been named ASUN Player of the Week five times this season, most recently for a 43-point, 13-rebound performance against KSU. Mathews also received Player of the Week honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, and was named the Lou Henson Midmajor Player of the Week following the effort.
#0 – Junior forward Rob Marberry – The Western Kentucky transfer earned Second-Team All-ASUN honors last season, and was an Preseason All-ASUN selection. Marberry is second on the team in PPG (13.0) and RPG (6.4), and is tied for the team lead in blocks (14).
#22– Junior forward Eli Pepper - An All-Freshman team selection two years ago, Pepper is second in the conference in rebounding (7.7 RPG) and leads the ASUN in defensive boards-per-game (6.1). He is one of four Bisons to appear in every game this season.