USC Upstate Welcomes Jacksonville, UNF to G.B. Hodge Center for First ASUN Home Games

USC Upstate Welcomes Jacksonville, UNF to G.B. Hodge Center for First ASUN Home Games

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team is slated to play its first ASUN home games of the season this week when it hosts a pair of Florida schools at the G.B. Hodge Center in the Jacksonville Dolphins and North Florida Ospreys.

Upstate begins the week on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against Jacksonville and continues Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against North Florida.

The Spartans concluded a three-game road trip to open conference play last weekend with losses at Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson. Avery Diggs scored a career-high 12 points at Florida Gulf Coast and led three players in double-figures scoring along with Jure Span and Malik Moore. Upstate also had three players score at least 10 points at Stetson led by Mike Cunningham who registered 16.

Jacksonville currently sits at 9-11 on the season and 3-0 in conference play with wins over North Florida, Kennesaw State and Lipscomb. The Dolphins are led offensively by JD Notae with 16.5 points per game while Jace Hogan also contributes 16.2 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game. Jacksonville is under the direction of fourth-year head coach Tony Jasick.

North Florida has an 8-12 overall record and 2-1 league mark after posting wins against Lipscomb and Kennesaw State. Ivan Gandia-Rosa is one of four players averaging in double-figures with a team-leading 14.5 points per game. Defensively, Noah Horchler leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per game. The Ospreys are led by ninth-year head coach Matthew Driscoll.

The Spartans trail in the all-time series to Jacksonville 12-8 but lead North Florida 17-13 overall.

Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. Both games are being streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Updates will also be posted on the USC Upstate men's basketball Twitter page (@UpstateMB).

The Spartans travel to Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Jan. 24 for a 7:30 p.m. tip off at Lipscomb.

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