Towson (14-12) at James Madison (14-12)
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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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