Game 27: Jacksonville University (16-12, 4-7 ASUN) at Kennesaw State (12-15, 6-5 ASUN)
Kennesaw, Ga. – KSU Convocation Center – Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET
Broadcasters: Brian Katrek (PBP), Terrence Hill (Color)
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins, Mixlr App, 92.5 FM
Broadcasters: Scott Manze (Play-by-Play)
Live Stats: Kennesaw State
Series Record: Jacksonville leads 15-8
Last Meeting: January 21, 2017, at Jacksonville, Kennesaw wins 81-71
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads 9-3
Record at Kennesaw: Jacksonville leads 6-5
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: Jacksonville leads 1-0
Coach Jasick vs. Kennesaw: 1-4
KENNESAW, Ga. – With just three games left in the 2016-17 regular season, Jacksonville University (16-12, 4-7 ASUN) heads to Kennesaw State (12-15, 6-5 ASUN) on Thursday for an ASUN Conference showdown with a lot on the line.
A Dolphin win and a loss by North Florida (11-17, 6-5 ASUN) at Lipscomb (17-11, 9-2 ASUN) would put the Dolphins within a game of fourth place in the conference and in contention to host an ASUN playoff game.
Two seniors came up big on senior night in a 76-73 win for Jacksonville University over NJIT (9-18, 1-10 ASUN). Andris Misters hit one of the biggest threes of his career on a rebound from Omar El Manasterly with just three seconds left on the clock to lift JU over the scrappy Highlanders in the final regular season game in Historic Swisher Gym in the 2016-17 season.
Fifteen steals by Jacksonville University and 20 turnovers by Kennesaw State were not enough for the Dolphins against the Owls; Kennesaw defeated Jacksonville 81-71 at Historic Swisher Gym.
Kennesaw started the second half with a 9-2 run, increasing its lead to 25 points, 52-27, with 17:53 remaining. The Dolphins called a timeout, and Jasick got his players locked in. Over the next 10 minutes JU outscored Kennesaw 23-10, pulling within 12 points, 62-50. The run was fueled by four steals from J.R. Holder and Darien Fernandez, as well as 16 second-half points from Holder. The final eight minutes were incredibly close; JU outscored Kennesaw 21-19, and came as close as seven points, 73-66, with just over two minutes remaining. The Owls closed the game with six free throws in a row, escaping with an 81-71 win over Jacksonville.
Scouting the Opposition – Kennesaw State
The Owls have been one of the hottest teams in the ASUN since their game at Jacksonville on January 21, winning five of seven ASUN contests to tie for fourth place with North Florida. The Owls have three opportunities to tie their best win total, 13, in the program's Division 1 history, and are second in the country in three-point shooting percentage at 42.3 percent. Aubrey Williams leads the ASUN in double-doubles with 16, and Kendrick Ray has already amassed 562 points this season, averaging 21.6 ppg. Nick Masterson plays the sharpshooting role for the Owls, averaging 51.7 percent from three this season, tops in the NCAA.
- JU is the only team in the nation with four players who have scored 31 points or more this season. Those players are Darius Dawkins (41 vs. Middle Georgia State), Holder (39 at NJIT and 30 at Denver), Fernandez (36 vs. Lipscomb) and Tanner Rubio (31 vs. Stetson).
- Jacksonville is tied for first in the conference and tied fifth nationally in three-point field goals made at 284. Savannah State is first with 330 makes.
- The Dolphins are first in the ASUN in conference in turnover margin at +1.8. The Owls are sixth at -1.6.