Presbyterian (1-3) at James Madison (2-1)
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 23rd, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Presbyterian 0-0, JMU 1-0. Away Record: Presbyterian 1-2, JMU 1-1. Neutral Record: Presbyterian 0-1, JMU 0-0. Conference Record: Presbyterian 0-0, JMU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: As the CBE Classic continues, the James Madison Dukes will host the Presbyterian Blue Hose this evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs on the hardwood.
The Blue Hose suffered their third loss in four games to open their season, as they were defeated handily by Bucknell, 71-47. The loss came just two days after Presbyterian claimed its first victory, a 67-66 decision over Eastern Kentucky on the road.
Since opening the season with a 14-point loss to Kansas State, the Dukes have been able to win two consecutive games. The most recent win came on Monday, as the Dukes recovered from an early deficit to narrowly defeat Princeton, 65-64. JMU will host Bucknell on the final day of this tournament on Wednesday, before Eastern Michigan comes to town on November 27th.
It was a poor effort by the Blue Hose from start to finish and the final outcome because of the lackluster performance was a 24-point loss at the hands of Bucknell. Presbyterian shot just 32.7 percent from the field, but it did not stop there, as the team also finished just 6-of-23 from long range and made only 7-of-13 foul shots. The only player in double figures for the Blue Hose was Khalid Mutakabbir, who finished with 13 points. As for the team's most productive player up to this point, Al'Lonzo Coleman, he suffered through one of his worst performances on this young season, as the center finished with just five points and seven rebounds. However, even with the poor display the big man is still leading the team with 13.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg.
The Dukes were down by as many as 20 points in the opening half against Princeton and went into the break with a 13-point deficit. At that moment JMU could have mailed in the game, but instead this gritty group fought tooth and nail, and eventually pulled off an impressive comeback that ended with a one- point win. However, it wasn't the offensive play that pulled JMU back into the game, instead it was the play defensively, as JMU held Princeton a woeful 15.8 percent effort over the last 20 minutes. The team did need some production at the offensive end of the floor to win, and most of it came from Denzel Bowles, who scored nearly half the team's points. Bowles finished with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, and now comes into this matchup leading the team with 20.0 ppg, to go along with 6.7 rpg. Devon Moore, who is contributing 14.7 ppg on the season, added 12 points, while Humpty Hitchens tallied 11 in the win.
The Dukes showed their heart in their win over Princeton on Monday, and now the team is likely going to show some muscle against Presbyterian this evening. Look for the tandem of Bowles and Rayshawn Goins to dominate the Blue Hose.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: James Madison 85, Presbyterian 57
11/23 10:53:38 ET
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