James Madison will host its final home game of the 2012-13 season and celebrate a class of six seniors when it hosts Georgia State at the Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Five Dukes, the most in the nation, are fifth-year seniors while one, Alioune Diouf, is a fourth-year player. The redshirt seniors include point guard Devon Moore, guard A.J. Davis, forwards Andrey Semenov and Rayshawn Goins and center Gene Swindle. All six will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Saturday. They will face off against a Georgia State roster that has just one senior, center James Vincent, who averages 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
JMU (16-13, 10-6 CAA) hasn't played Georgia State (14-15, 9-7 CAA) since a 68-52 loss seven weeks ago on January 5, the longest amount of time between two games of a series since the 2009-2010 season. Georgia State defeated JMU 49-44 in the Convocation Center on December 5, 2009. The Panthers completed the sweep when they won again in Atlanta 77-72 on February 16, 2010.
Moore will be playing for more than just a senior day win. The CAA's assist leader at 4.7 per game needs just two more assists to top Pierre Curtis' program record of 463. Moore has been playing at an exceptionally high level recently, dishing 7.2 dimes per game. He's also averaging 14.2 points per game, above his season average of 11.2.
Redshirt senior forward Rayshawn Goins has eased out of the conference's top ten scorers after a hot stretch in December and January, but JMU's anchor in the frontcourt still averages 13.5 points per game. He ranks fourth in the CAA in defensive rebounding, pulling down 5.5 per game.
Senior guard A.J. Davis has been shooting lights out since dropping 27 points on William and Mary on February 6. In his last five games, Davis is shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and has failed to score at least 15 points only once. He is averaging an even 10 points per game for the season, good for 24th best in the CAA, but is averaging a team-best 17 points per game since February 6.
GSU has surged recently thanks to freshman R.J. Hunter, who nets 17.3 points and grabs 5.2 boards per game. Hunter has scored 15 or more in five of his six games this month and recorded the CAA's best single-game outburst of the season with 38 against ODU on February 2. While Hunter has received much of the attention, he is joined by junior guard Devonta White (14.4 points/game) and junior forward Manny Atkins (14.1 points/game) to give the Panthers a three-headed scoring machine.
Hunter scored 19 points when JMU and Georgia State played in January. The Panthers are 5-2 in conference play when Hunter scores at least 20 points.