James Madison men’s basketball will play consecutive home games for the first time this season as the Dukes host Northeastern in a rematch of March’s Colonial Athletic Association championship game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
As the first home game of the new semester, there will be a fan t-shirt giveaway as well as a pregame student tailgate. More information is posted at the Facebook event page.
The Dukes continue conference play following a 78-74 loss to Delaware at home on Saturday, dropping their overall record to 6-11 and their CAA mark to 1-2. With JMU up by two at the break and taking control in the opening minutes of the second half, UD began to make a push to pull ahead, as a layup by Devon Saddler put Delaware on top for good. JMU had multiple attempts to tie or reclaim the lead in the game’s final moments but was unable to answer Delaware’s late 9-2 run that surged the Blue Hens in front for good.
JMU had five double-figure scorers in the matchup, including sophomore Andre Nation, who posted 22 points in his first home game of the season. Forward Andrey Semenov added 11 points and seven rebounds to mark his fourth straight game in double digits. Sophomores Ron Curry and Charles Cooke contributed 14 points apiece. Forward Taylor Bessick claimed his first career double-double, scoring 11 with 12 rebounds.
In its last game, Northeastern fell at home 58-49 to the College of Charleston, dropping the Huskies to 4-13 overall and 1-2 in the CAA. NU went into the second half up by two points, but Charleston tied the game with 11 minutes to go and followed with a 10-0 run to seal the game’s fate. Junior transfer Scott Eatherton led Northeastern with a double-double, posting 19 points and adding a career-high 16 rebounds. Sophomore David Walker also contributed 10 points.
The last time the two teams faced each other, James Madison came away with a 70-57 victory over Northeastern to claim the CAA Conference Championship. The Dukes came out strong early in the game, going on a 23-1 run over the course of 12 minutes to pull ahead, putting JMU up by 22 at the half. Northeastern never got closer to within eight the remainder of the game. The Dukes had three players in double figures in Nation and seniors A.J. Davis and Rayshawn Goins, while senior guard Devon Moore added nine with five assists.
Following their game against Northeastern, the Dukes will hit the road to play William and Mary on Saturday, January 18th. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England along with Comcast Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).