River City Rumble tips off A-Sun conference play


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The UNF Ospreys have won the Atlantic Sun regular season championship in back to back years. Their biggest threat to prevent a three peat is located only 11 miles from the UNF Arena. The Jacksonville University Dolphins have won six of their past seven games. The two rivals will open A-Sun conference play on Saturday, during round one of the River City Rumble.

“It’s a perfect setup, almost like a late Christmas present,” said Dolphins Forward Darius Dawkins who knocked down a school record 13 three-pointers in the Dolphins last game. “Hopefully it carries over to Saturday and we all have a great game.”

Classes for the spring semester at JU won’t resume until Monday, but Dolphins head coach Tony Jasick is expecting a packed house.

“I think our students are going to come back early,” said Jasick. “Hopefully they can give us a lift and get Swisher [Gym] the way we all want it for a fun environment to play in on Saturday.”

The Ospreys have won four straight in this rivalry but four of the last seven games in this series have been decided by five points or less.

“It’s not just playing JU,” said UNF head coach Matthew Driscoll. “It’s a two game series and it’s in league play. I’ve always said this. It’s a lot like North Carolina vs. Duke, UCLA vs. USC and Belmont and Lispcomb when they were both in the A-Sun.”

With a win over the Dolphins, UNF would pick up its first road victory of the season and it would also be the 150th career win for Driscoll.