James Madison men’s basketball returns home following a setback to first-place Delaware to face last-place UNCW at the JMU Convocation Center on Saturday at noon.
The game will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS). As such, the game will not be available for online viewing within those TV markets on MadiZONE HD SportsNet presented by the JMU Alumni Association.
In their last game, the Dukes fell to 9-17 overall and 4-8 within the Colonial Athletic Association following an 81-65 loss in Newark. Madison, which was not able to return to Harrisonburg until Friday due to the winter storm, fell behind by as many as 20 points on multiple occasions late in the first half. It cut the deficit to 15 three times within the second half, but could not get any closer.
Freshman forward Yohanny Dalembert had a breakout game for the Dukes, recording his first career double- double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore guard Andre Nation led with a team-high 17 points for JMU, while guard Ron Curry added eight with four steals and three assists.
After starting the league slate 0-10, UNCW has won consecutive games, downing third-place Towson 66-53 and taking down Northeastern on Thursday night 55-45, both at home. Against the Huskies, the Seahawks were lifted by 29 points off the bench, including 11 from Craig Ponder and 10 from Dylan Sherwood. Shane Reybold added seven points, nine rebounds and three blocks. UNCW enters the matchup looking for its first CAA road win (0-6).
When the two teams met earlier this season, JMU pulled away with the 60-55 victory in its first conference game of the season on Jan. 4. The Dukes built an early 16-4 lead and never trailed, weathering an 11-2 run by the Seahawks in the second half to claim the victory. Sophomore guard Charles Cooke led the Dukes with a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds. Graduate student Andrey Semenov added an additional 13 for James Madison. Juniors Cedrick Williams and Freddie Jackson led UNCW with nine points apiece, while Williams also recorded 11 boards.
After their game against UNCW, the Dukes will take on Drexel in televised play on Wednesday, February 19th at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.