Men’s basketball opens season at Georgia Friday
Senior Russell Powell
Senior Russell Powell
The JU men’s basketball team will kick off its 64th season on the hardwood Friday against Georgia in Athens, Ga., at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins return six players from last season’s squad that ended the year on a high note by winning four of the final six games to make the A-Sun Tournament for the sixth straight season.

"We are facing an SEC team that is well-coached," JU head coach Cliff Warren said. "We need to be mentally and physically prepared to fight. It will be a tough challenge, but our players will be prepared."

Leading the crop of returners are seniors Glenn Powell and Russell Powell.

Powell was named preseason all-conference after leading the Dolphins in blocks (37), while ranking second in rebounds (6.4) and third in scoring (10.9) in 29 starts last season. He had four double-doubles last season and finished with at least 10 points in seven of the final nine games.

In 2012-12, Russell Powell posted career-best in assists (119) and steals (39) while being the only Dolphin to start in all 30 contests. He registered double-digits in scoring 11 times, including 19 in the win vs. Mercer (2/18).

Another returner is junior Keith McDougald who managed to finish second in scoring (11.2) and three-pointers (32) despite being limited to 19 games due to injury.

The Bulldogs look to build upon their 15-17 overall record from the 2011-12 campaign. Georgia beat Young Harris College, 86-52, in an exhibition contest Nov. 2. Kenny Gaines scored 16 points in 18 minutes to lead the Bulldogs.

In the all-time series, the Bulldogs have won all eight meetings over the Dolphins in a series that dates back to 1965. Georgia downed JU, 93-77, in the last contest in Athens on Dec. 13, 2006.

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