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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: JMU Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: GSU 9-6, JMU 10-3. Away Record: GSU 5-9, JMU 3-9. Neutral Record: GSU 0-0, JMU 1-1. Conference Record: GSU 9-7, JMU 10-6. Series Record: Georgia State leads, 8-5.
GAME NOTES: In their final conference road game as part of the Colonial Athletic Association, the Georgia State Panthers have made the trek to Harrisonburg, Virginia to tangle with the James Madison Dukes.
Georgia State has won two of its last three tilts, including a split of games earlier this week in Virginia, including a 75-63 defeat at the hands of William & Mary the last time out. This will be the Panthers' final CAA road game before moving to the Sun Belt Conference next season.
James Madison has also won two of its last three, falling by a scant two points to first-place Northeastern on Wednesday night, 66-64. JMU is in fourth place in the conference, although just a half game out of second.
Georgia State leads the all-time series, 8-5, and has won three straight and six of the last seven, including a 68-52 victory in Atlanta earlier this season. In the first game, R.J. Hunter scored 19 points and Manny Atkins added 15 as GSU snapped a five-game losing streak.
R.J. Hunter finished with 15 points in the recent loss to William & Mary, while redshirt-junior Manny Atkins just missed another double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Hunter continues to lead all CAA freshmen in scoring and rebounding, and is one of just four freshmen in the country averaging at least 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He is currently fourth in the nation among all freshmen scorers and 68th overall. He is averaging a team-high 17.3 ppg, that figure climbing to 18.9 ppg against CAA foes, both of which rank third in the conference. Hunter is also on pace to score the most points of any GSU freshmen ever. White is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 ppg, while dishing out 3.9 apg, third most in the league. Atkins is averaging 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season, both among the top-12 in the CAA. He is third in the CAA in 3-point field goal percentage (.411). Lone senior James Vincent leads the CAA with 2.39 blocked shots per game.
In JMU's loss to Northeastern on Wednesday, A.J. Davis came off the bench to score 21 points, while Charles Cooke tallied 10 points and seven rebounds. Devon Moore (12 points, four assists) and Alioune Diouf (11 points) were also effective for the Dukes. JMU lost despite owning advantages in rebounding (29-22), points in the paint (26-18), and second-chance points (19-2). Trailing by two with three seconds remaining, JMU completed a full-court in- bound pass to Davis, who missed a 3-point attempt, but Andre Nation corralled the offensive rebound and converted the put back, but the bucket was ruled to have come after the buzzer.
Rayshawn Goins is the only Duke to start all 28 games this season. He averages 13.5 ppg with 7.7 rpg, leading JMU in both categories. Moore adds 11.4 ppg, shooting 48.8 percent from the floor. Davis and Andrey Semenov each net 10.0 ppg. While the team scores just 65.0 ppg, it holds opponents to 64.6 ppg. The Dukes struggle from the field, shooting a meager 41.6 percent.
Georgia State has the superstar freshman and the balanced scoring attack, so look for them to prevail and sweep the season series and help to send the Dukes out of the conference on a bad note.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia State 68, James Madison 61
02/23 10:47:45 ET
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