This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Dec. 30, 2006


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Happy New Year! In this week's edition, we will look at the busy week ahead on the JU hardwood.


Men's Basketball

One run late in the first half was the difference as the JU men's basketball team wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 80-73 loss at South Carolina on Dec. 29.

The Gamecocks (9-2) used a 14-0 run over six minutes late in the first half to turn a one-point lead into 15. JU cut the deficit to14 at the half and had the lead down to six late in the second half, but couldn't finish off the come back.

JU (4-8) got 15 points from Jesse Kimbrough as he led four Dolphins in double figures. The Dolphins bright spot was 29 points off the bench, with Evan Jefferson getting 12 and Tyrone Curnell getting 11.

Ben Smith was the only other Dolphin in double figures, getting 12 points. Marcus Allen led JU with seven rebounds but scored just two points.

The Dolphins return to action at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference games starting on Tuesday. They open the week against Gardner-Webb with tipoff at 7 p.m. and wrap up the home slate by playing Campbell on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball

The JU women's basketball team took advantage of free throw opportunities in the second half as the Dolphins erased a seven-point deficit to defeat Florida A&M, 57-53, on Dec. 30 at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (6-6), which is off to a program best start at home (4-1), ended its non-conference schedule with a win after connecting on 13-of-19 free throws in the second half. Florida A&M (5-6) held the Dolphins to 29 percent shooting from the floor (17-58) but allowed 31 JU points off of 29 turnovers.

Virginia Gregoire led the Dolphins with a game-high 16 points. Danielle Gray tallied 12 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite added nine points, four assists and five steals. Junior forward Ashley Williams, who finished with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, did not score at least 10 points in back-to-back games for the first time in her career.

The Dolphins play their second home game at the Arena on Thursday as they take on Gardner-Webb at 4;30 p.m. They will finish the week with Campbell on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.