The week ahead in First Coast college basketball

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UNF forward Jonathan Aybar (21) battles for position inside against Florida Gulf Coast last week.
UNF forward Jonathan Aybar (21) battles for position inside against Florida Gulf Coast last week.

Recapping the past week and a look ahead to this week for First Coast NCAA college basketball teams.

Men

Records: Jacksonville 9-4 (1-0), Flagler 10-3 (2-1), Edward Waters 6-10, North Florida 4-11 (0-2)

Player of the week: JU’s Kevion Nolan made three 3-pointers in the final 63 seconds to lift the Dolphins over Florida Gulf Coast 69-66. His final 3-pointer, from 40 feet out, came with two seconds left.

Game of the week: UNF and Stetson battled in a game for purists: not a lot of 3-pointers or dunks, but both teams forced each other to work hard for shot in and around the paint in the Hatters’ 68-66 overtime victory. There were nine lead changes and nine ties.

Stat line of the week: In addition to his 25 points, Nolan had five assists and three steals, and made 7 of 16 3-pointers. He had only one turnover.

This week’s schedule

Tuesday

Stetson at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.

North Florida at Liberty, 7 p.m.

Wednesday

Georgia Southwestern at Flagler, 7 p.m.

Edward Waters at Tuskegee (Ala.), 7 p.m.

Saturday

Flagler at Young Harris (Ga.), 3:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at North Florida, 5 p.m.

Clark Atlanta at Edward Waters, 5 p.m.

Notable: The River City Rumble resumes with JU holding a 19-18 lead after the teams split games at JU last year, a 66-65 victory for the Dolphins followed by a 70-68 thriller for the Ospreys. ... UNF hasn't hosted the game since the 2020 ASUN tournament, a 91-88 victory. ... JU's last game against Stetson was the final game of the 2020-21 season, an 86-82 victory at Swisher Gym in which Bryce Workman scored 33 points, the season-high in one game in the ASUN. The Dolphins hold a 56-37 edge over the Hatters in the oldest rivalry between two ASUN teams. ... UNF has lost its last three games to Liberty and is 3-5 against the Flames.

Jaida Bond of UNF (0) droves against Florida Gulf Coast's Tishara Morehouse during last week's game in Fort Myers.
Jaida Bond of UNF (0) droves against Florida Gulf Coast's Tishara Morehouse during last week's game in Fort Myers.

Women

Records: Jacksonville 7-5 (0-1), Edward Waters 11-6, Flagler 9-5 (3-1), North Florida 7-7 (0-2).

Player of the week: Flagler senior guard Tori Pearce scored 19 points in each of the Saints' victories last week, against Columbus State and USC-Aiken, shooting .515 from the floor. She also had 14 rebounds, 14 assists, four blocked shots and two steals.

Game of the week: UNF almost came back from an insurmountable position. The Ospreys trailed Stetson 39-19 at halftime but scored the first 14 points of the third quarter to cut the lead to six points. Stetson righted the ship and would up winning 73-62.

Stat line of the week: Edward Waters senior forward La'Quanza Glover had 22 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists in a 73-65 loss to Benedict College. She made 14 of 17 free throws.

This week’s schedule

Monday

Edward Waters at Savannah State, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Georgia Southwestern at Flagler, 5:30 p.m.

Stetson at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.

North Florida at Liberty, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Young Harris (Ga.) at Flagler, 1:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at North Florida, 2 p.m.

Clark Atlanta at Edward Waters, 3 p.m.

Notable: The Dolphins still hold a commanding lead over the Ospreys in the women's edition of the River City Rumble at 24-12, but UNF has won the last three meetings and four of the last five. ... Prior to that recent run, the Dolphins had a 14-game winning streak. ... Stetson has won four of the last six against the Dolphins. ... UNF and Liberty are tied overall 4-4. The Ospreys swept a doubleheader at home last season but then lost to the Flames in the ASUN tournament semifinals.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: The week ahead in First Coast college basketball

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