JU Hosts FGCU In Another Showdown of A-Sun Leaders On Saturday Afternoon
Russell Powell is averaging 4.4 assists per game this year
Russell Powell is averaging 4.4 assists per game this year

The Game
For the second time in three days Jacksonville (12-11; 7-3 A-Sun) hosts a match-up of A-Sun leaders as Florida Gulf Coast (15-8; 7-3 A-Sun) visits historic Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 pm.  Following Thursday night’s results, the Dolphins and Eagles were tied with USC Upstate for first at 7-3.  Mercer is half-a-game back at 6-3 heading into Friday’s game vs Kennesaw State.

JU has won five of the last six following a 71-70 win over Stetson on Thursday. Junior Keith McDougald led the way for the Dolphins with 19 points, including the game winning jumper with 20 seconds left. McDougald has given JU a huge lift in A-Sun play averaging five more (15.0 - 10.0) points per game compared to non-league action while improving his shooting from the field (47.2% - 34.7%) & from three (45.0% - 17.9%).

The freshmen duo of Kordario Fleming & Jarvis Haywood were also a major factor on Thursday combining for 27 points.  Fleming scored all nine of his second half points in the final 10 minutes as he finished with a career best 16 points.  Haywood meanwhile was all over the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.    

FGCU has won three straight following an 89-75 win at North Florida on Thursday.  Sherwood Brown leads the team with 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.  The Eagles won the first meeting this season 78-55.
Series History
Jacksonville leads the all-time series 7-4.  The Dolphins are looking to end a four game skid against FGCU.

TV / Radio
A-Sun TV/92.5 FM (Terry Norvelle)

Next Up For Jacksonville
The Dolphins travel to Mercer on Thursday and Kennesaw State on Saturday.

‘Fin Facts

  • Jacksonville has won A-Sun games this year when both teams have scored in the 90s, 80s, 70s, 50s and 40s
  • JU’s two seniors Glenn Powell & Russell Powell are the only Dolphin players to have started all 23 games this season
  • Russell Powell had eight assists & one turnover vs Stetson and ranks second in the A-Sun with a 2.1:1 assist:turnover ration this season
  • Keith McDougald is averaging 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the last six games
  • Jarvis Haywood ranks third amongst A-Sun freshmen in scoring this season with 10.0 ppg
  • The Dolphins compiled a 2.87 team GPA for the fall 2012 semester