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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 2, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: JMU Convocation Center (7,612) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: William & Mary 7-3, James Madison 2-3. Away Record: William & Mary 5-5, James Madison 4-8. Neutral Record: William & Mary 0-0, James Madison 2-2. Conference Record: William & Mary 4-3, James Madison 3-4. Series Record: James Madison leads, 48-38.
GAME NOTES: After losing four straight games, the James Madison Dukes have won back-to-back games and will seek a third consecutive win as they host the William & Mary Tribe in Colonial Athletic Association play at the JMU Convocation Center.
William & Mary had a two-game win streak snapped Wednesday by conference leader Delaware, 89-72. The loss dropped the Tribe from a second-place tie with Towson in the CAA standings at 4-2. Now, at 4-3, the Tribe will try to make some headway into Delaware's three-game lead.
James Madison opened up conference play this season with a win over UNC Wilmington, then proceeded to lose four straight. After to consecutive win, the Dukes are now 3-4 in the CAA and coming off a narrow 49-46 victory over Northeastern.
James Madison has a 10-game lead in the all-time series with William & Mary, 48-38. The Dukes and Tribe have met up once this season already, with the Tribe taking a 78-56 victory on their home court.
Delaware jumped out ahead of William & Mary and led by as many as 24 points in the game, but the Tribe managed to cut that lead down to nine points midway through the second half. The CAA-leading Blue Hens didn't falter completely, and won on the road. Marcus Thornton led the Tribe with 19 points in the game, adding a team-high five assists to his stat line. Daniel Dixon added 15 points and six rebounds in the losing effort. The Tribe shot 41.3 percent from the floor in the game.
Thornton has proven to be the go-to scorer this season, averaging 19.5 ppg on 43.2 percent shooting from the field. His 56 total assists on the year is a team high, but so is his 51 turnovers number. Tim Rusthoven and Omar Prewitt are second and third on the William & Mary squad in scoring, averaging 12.4 ppg and 11.6 ppg, respectively. Terry Tarpey leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 rpg.
James Madison forced 17 Northeastern turnovers and held the Huskies to just 37.8 percent shooting from the floor in James Madison's low-scoring victory in Boston. Sophomore Andre Nation was the only Dukes player to score in double figures, netting a team-high 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the win. Ron Curry netted six points and dished out a team-best five assists for JMU, which shot 40.8 percent from the floor.
Nation has only played in six games this season, and has the best scoring average on the team with 16.3 ppg for the Dukes. In his six games, Nation is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor, but just 23.5 percent from 3-point range. Charles Cooke has played in 20 games, and is averaging 14.7 ppg for James Madison. Curry (11.4 ppg) and Andrey Semenov (10.8 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers.
William & Mary was able to secure a win on its home court earlier this season against JMU. The Dukes don't have the best home record, and will have to try and put away Thornton's scoring ability. It may end up being a close finish, but William & Mary should be able to get it done on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: William & Mary 74, James Madison 68
02/02 10:17:47 ET