Game 20: Jacksonville University (13-6) at USC Upstate (11-8)
Spartanburg, S.C. – G.B. Hodge Center – Saturday, Jan. 14, 2:00 p.m. ET
Video: ESPN 3
Broadcasters: Jason Patterson (Play-by-Play), Phil Cox (Color)
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins, Mixlr App, 92.5 FM
Broadcasters: Scott Manze (Play-by-Play)
Series Record: JU leads 12-6
Last Meeting: February 18, 2016, at Jacksonville, Jacksonville wins 81-76
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads 6-2
Record at USC Upstate: Jacksonville leads 6-3
Record at Neutral Site: Upstate leads 1-0
Record in OT: Jacksonville leads 2-0
Coach Jasick vs. USC Upstate: 3-1
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Jacksonville University (13-6, 1-1 ASUN) wraps up its two-game road trip Saturday at USC Upstate (11-8, 1-1 ASUN) at 2 p.m. ET. The Dolphins will be looking for their third straight win at the G.B. Hodge Center, and the fourth straight in the series against the Spartans.
Recapping the Last Game
Jacksonville University was able to survive three different attempts by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (8-10, 0-2 ASUN) to tie up or win the game in the final eight seconds, allowing the Dolphins to escape the Fleisher Center with an 82-81 victory on Thursday. The win marks the first time Jacksonville has defeated the Highlanders, and the first Dolphin win at NJIT in the two seasons NJIT has been in the ASUN Conference. J.R. Holder had a career-best 39 points, the 12th-most a Dolphin has ever scored in a game and the third 30+ points game for the Dolphins this season, all of which were victories.
Recapping the Last Matchup Against USC Upstate – February 18, 2016
Kori Babineaux broke into the 1,000-point club, leading the men's basketball team of Jacksonville University (16-13, 8-4 ASUN) to an 81-76 victory over USC Upstate (9-20, 3-9 ASUN). The win put the Dolphins in a tie for first place in the ASUN Conference with North Florida (19-10, 8-4 ASUN) with just two games left in the regular season.
Upstate, trailing 41-34 at the half, started the second period with an 11-7 run, and pulled within three, 48-45, at the first TV timeout. The Spartans briefly took the lead, 50-48, with just under 15 minutes left, but a Marcel White three put the Dolphins back out front 51-50. Upstate would stay within three points for most of the half, and again took the lead, 68-66, with a little over five minutes left.
The Dolphins and Upstate traded the lead a few times in the closing minutes, but JU took the lead for good, 75-74, on a White free throw. The Dolphins sunk six of their final eight free throws in the final two minutes to win by five.
Scouting the Opposition – USC Upstate
The Spartans are 11-8 overall and 1-1 in the ASUN this season. Upstate won its first conference game of the season, 75-65, over NJIT, last Saturday, and then lost to North Florida 73-65 on Thursday after leading for most of the game. USC Upstate is helmed by Eddie Payne, who has amassed a 221-233 record (69-89 ASUN) in 15 seasons with the Spartans. Michael Buchanan leads the conference in shooting percentage (63.0%) and is averaging a double-double of 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
- Jacksonville is now 7-0 when holding an opponent under 70 points, and 12-1 when scoring at least 70 points.
- The Dolphins are first in the ASUN in free throw percentage (73.9%), steals per game (7.9), and turnover margin (+1.8).