JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fresh off a conference road victory against NJIT, Jacksonville University men's basketball aims to continue its hot start to ASUN play. The Dolphins (10-12, 4-1 ASUN) begin the week of action at home, facing the Hatters of Stetson (10-12, 2-3 ASUN) for the first of two meetings between the two in the next week.
Wednesday'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 Artis Gilmore calling the action.
LAST TIME OUT
Limiting the Highlanders to just 29 percent shooting in the first half, the Dolphins successfully defended against a pair of runs by the home team in the second half to put them back in the game. Junior Jace Hogan's eight second-half points allowed JU to pull away in the end, as four Dolphins put up double-figures. The win helped the team finish the weekend 1-1, and improve to 4-1 in ASUN play.
"In every league, every team is good. At the end of the day, to go on the road and get a win, we're going to take it and run," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "I thought the biggest key was not turning the ball over in the second half."
- JU is 4-1 in conference play entering Saturday's contest, its best start to ASUN competition since the 2010-11 season. The Dolphins have four players averaging double-figures in league play, including senior Devin Harris, whose 8.0 RPG give him nearly a double-double in league action. Jacksonville currently has sole possession of second place in the conference, with FCGU on top at 5-0.
- Two JU players reached important career milestones during this weekend's road trip. In Thursday's game against USC Upstate, sophomore Tanner Rubio made his 100th career three-point basket. Rubio needs 18 more triples to enter the top 10 in program history. Senior Antwon Clayton picked up his 400th career rebound in spectacular fashion on Saturday, cleaning up a missed three with a thunderous put-back slam. Clayton is the team's active leader in boards, blocks, and steals.
- The Dolphins have compiled 12 double-doubles on the year between five different players. This total is the most the team has had since at least the 2000-2001 season, and nearly as many as the previous three seasons combined (13). Hogan, Harris, JD Notae, Jalyn Hinton, and Damien Sears have each accomplished the feat this season, marking the most players since at least the 2000-2001 season to have done so.
- Through 22 games, there are multiple Dolphins who stand atop or close in several statistical categories in the ASUN. Hinton leads conference in field goal percentage (62.4), and is tied for second in blocks-per-game (1.1). Notae is fifth in overall scoring (15.9), and third in steals-per-game (1.9). Harris ranks second in assists-per-contest (5.2), and second in defensive rebounds (5.9).
SERIES INFORMATION- STETSON
Series Record: Jacksonville leads, 50-35
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads, 31-11
Record at Stetson: Stetson leads, 24-19
Record at Neutral Site: 0-0
Record in OT: Jacksonville leads, 4-1
Coach Jasick vs. Stetson: 5-1
Coach Williams vs. JU: 2-6
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT- STETSON
The Hatters enter Wednesday's contest with a 10-12 overall record, and sit tied for fourth in the conference at 2-3. After beginning league play 2-1, Stetson dropped its last three contests, including a non-conference road tilt against Bethune-Cookman. Four of the five conference games the team has played thus far have been decided by 13 points or more- two big wins at home over NJIT and USC Upstate, and a pair of blowout losses on the road to FGCU and Kennesaw State.
Stetson owns the best turnover margin in the conference (+3.4), as well as the top assist/turnover ratio (1.4), good for 29th and 35th in the country, respectively. The Hatters struggle in offensive rebounding (9.0), and offensive rebounding percentage (.236), ranking last in each. SU owns the fourth-best scoring offense and defense in the ASUN, averaging 75.7 PPG, while allowing 76.8.
Players to watch:
#04- Senior guard Divine Myles - Myles is third in the league in scoring, putting up 17.0 PPG. An ASUN All-Freshman Team selection in 2015, he has posted double-figures in each game this season, including a double-double against Green Bay on Nov. 27. Myles is second in the ASUN in assist/turnover ratio (2.8), fifth in free-throw percentage (76.6), and seventh in assists-per-contest (4.0). The senior sits top 10 in program history in scoring and assists, and is close to the school record in games played.
#3 - Redshirt-senior guard B.J. Glasford - Second on the team in scoring (12.0 PPG), Glasford is one of three Hatters posting double-figures on the season. A complementary scorer to Myles, he has eclipsed the 10-point mark 14 times this year, including in each of the last five games.
#23 – Freshman forward Abayomi Iyiola - Iyiola averages 10 points-per-game, and leads Stetson in rebounding, averaging 6.2 boards-per-contest. A three-star recruit out of high school, he is a one-time ASUN Newcomer of the Week recipient, winning the award on Nov. 13, 2017.