JMU (2-5) suffered its third straight loss in its game against Winthrop Wednesday night. After taking the early 7-0 lead, Winthrop went on a series of runs to put the Dukes down 35-26 at the half, a trend of not protecting early leads that has occurred in the past three games. JMU made several attempts to narrow the margin throughout the second half, coming within four points. But the Dukes couldn’t make it a one-possession game and a couple of buckets by Winthrop in the game’s final minutes resulted in a 69-57 final score.
Freshman guard Jackson Kent became the team’s sixth leading scorer in seven games, posting 16 points for the Dukes-to record his season best. Returning from an injury, sophomore guard Ron Curry contributed 15 points and a career-high seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Charles Cooke added 12 points and tied his career-best of nine rebounds.
Richmond (5-2) will take on the Dukes following an 83-60 win on the road against Air Force Wednesday night. Junior Kendall Anthony and sophomore Terry Allen were tied for top-scorer honors with 19 points. Anthony had four assists while Allen added seven rebounds for the Spiders. Senior Cedrick Lindsay racked up 16 points, nine assists and two steals as well.
When the two teams met last season, JMU rallied to come back from a six-point deficit and tie the game but ultimately lost 83-82 in overtime. Devon Moore led the Dukes with 19 points and went over 1,000 for his career, while three other players - Andrey Semenov, A.J. Davis and Curry - finished in double-digit scoring. JMU trails the all-time series 31-20 overall against Richmond.
After their game against Richmond, the Dukes will travel to Nacogdoches, Texas for the E-Tech Lumberjack Classic. They have games scheduled Friday, December 6th at 7p.m. against Sam Houston State and Saturday, December 7th at 9:15p.m. televised against Stephen F. Austin.