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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: CSN-MA/NE, CSS, TCN. Home Record: Towson 4-5, JMU 9-3. Away Record: Towson 7-7, JMU 2-8. Neutral Record: Towson 3-0, JMU 3-1. Conference Record: Towson 9-4, JMU 8-5. Series Record: James Madison leads, 26-11.
GAME NOTES: The Towson Tigers shoot for their longest win streak of the season on Tuesday night, as they clash with the James Madison Dukes in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Convocation Center.
Since losing three straight games in January, the Tigers have rattled off four consecutive wins, matching their longest win streak of the season thus far. The team paid a visit to Georgia State over the weekend and produced a 90-82 overtime victory, moving to 9-4 in conference play as a result.
As for the Dukes, who are currently 8-5 against the rest of the CAA, they were taken down by Drexel in Philadelphia on Saturday night in a 60-48 final. The loss was the second in the last three outings for the program, as it fell to 2-8 in true road games this season.
The Tigers crushed JMU in the first meeting of the season in January by a score of 73-47 at home, which means the all-time series now numbers 26-11 in favor of the Dukes.
Battling back from a nine-point deficit in the first half, the Tigers led for much of the second half and then crushed Georgia State in the overtime session on Saturday. Rafriel Guthrie scored a team-best 23 points off the bench for Towson, adding six assists, while Bilal Dixon recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jerome Hairston accounted for 17 points o.0n 5-of-6 shooting beyond the arc, followed by Marcus Damas and Mike Burwell with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the visitors shot 56.4 percent from the floor and 13-of-21 out on the perimeter in order to offset a weak 15-of-26 showing at the free-throw line.
Jerrelle Benimon leads the Tigers in scoring through 26 games with his 16.8 ppg, not to mention placing among the nation's best on the glass with 11.4 rpg as well. Damas (10.7 ppg) appears as the only other double-digit scorer for the group as it produces a modest 68.2 ppg while shooting a disappointing 65.2 percent at the charity stripe.
JMU actually led by five points early in its meeting with Drexel on Saturday, but eventually the Dukes made a total of just five field goals on 18 attempts over the course of the first 20 minutes. Needless to say, with just 38.3 percent accuracy from the floor in the contest, JMU wasn't up to the task of knocking off the Dragons on the road. Charles Cooke, credited with 7-of-11 shooting from the field, finished with 16 points, followed by Rayshawn Goins and Devon Moore with 11 and 10 points, respectively, but that means the rest of the roster combined for just 11 points as well.
With a different leading scorer in each of the last four games, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Dukes are putting up just 64.4 ppg on the season. However, the good news is that the squad is allowing just 64.1 ppg, which means it remains competitive. Goins (13.7 ppg) and Moore (11.0 ppg) are the key figures for the program as the former clears 7.7 rpg, and the latter paces the group with 112 assists.
Getting back home where they are so much more efficient, the Dukes should be in position to take out Towson on Tuesday night as long as the scoring is kept to a minimum.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: James Madison 65, Towson 62
02/12 10:31:04 ET
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