James Madison (15-4, 5-2 CAA) will look to rebound from its first loss in 43 days and improve upon its 9-0 home record when it hosts George Mason (13-5, 5-2 CAA) in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU.
It will be the first game broadcast from the Convo on an ESPN network since 1994-95. With the early tip, there will be a free breakfast available for all JMU students at Entrance E.
Saturday's matchup will be between two of the CAA's top high-powered offenses. The Dukes are ranked third in the CAA in points scored per game averaging 72.6 overall, (74.4 in CAA games) and also rank second in field-goal percentage shooting 46.5% (47.9% CAA).
GAME PROMOTIONS *ESPNU National TV Broadcast
*FREE Breakfast JMU Students (Entrance E)
*Residence Life Challenge
*Student raffle for iPod Shuffle
*Halftime recognition of women's soccer team
*ESPNU National TV Broadcast
JMU had its nine-game win streak end on Wednesday night as Old Dominion held off the Dukes for a 64-58 victory at home. JMU senior forward Denzel Bowles had a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds. ODU outscored JMU 22-5 from the free throw line and ended with a 39-31 rebounding advantage in the contest. The loss dropped the Dukes into a three-way tie, with Old Dominion and George Mason, for third place in the CAA.
The Dukes are led this season by Bowles, who is averaging 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He is also shooting a team-high 60.9% from the field, which ranks sixth in NCAA Division I. Junior Rayshawn Goins is the team's second-leading scorer with 11.2 points per game and is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore Devon Moore is contributing 10.3 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.4 per game. The Dukes as a team are shooting 39.9% (44.3% CAA) from behind the arc.
George Mason is on a three-game winning streak after defeating Drexel 71-47 Wednesday night at home. The Patriots outscored the Dragons 34-17 in the second half to pull away and secure the win. Sophomore forward Luke Hancock led the Patriots and was just shy of a double-double with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Ryan Pearson, who was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Monday afternoon, scored 12 points in the win.
The Patriots are led by senior guard Cam Long, who is averaging 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Pearson is not far behind averaging 11.3 points per game and also ripping down an average of 5.6 rebounds per game. Hancock rounds out the double-digit scoring for George Mason with 11.6 points per game and ranks second in the CAA in assists per game with 4.8.
The Dukes will have a tight turnaround with a trip to Long Island and a 7 p.m. game on Monday night at Hofstra. It will be JMU's third straight televised game, airing live on MASN.