JMU will look to snap a three-game skid this Saturday when it hosts Winthrop University. The Dukes' second of five straight home games will tip at 4 p.m.
The Dukes head into Saturday's game searching for their second win of the season. In a back-and-forth game on Wednesday, Patricio Garino sank a three-pointer with two minutes to play, giving George Washington a four point lead. His steal and free throws in the final 10 seconds clinched the win for the Colonials, 54-53, in the Convocation Center's first game of the regular season on the 30th anniversary of its opening.
Freshman guard Andre Nation led all scorers. He finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, five steals and four blocks to lead the Madison effort.
Nation has averaged more than 30 minutes of playing time over the last five games, second only to senior Devon Moore in guard play. He is the second-leading scorer behind senior forward Rayshawn Goins.
Moore dished out five assists in Wednesday night's loss. It's his fourth game of the season with five assists and the first since the team's 69-68 victory over Youngstown State on November 20. He is now tied for the all-time JMU record in career assists with 354.
Goins leads the Dukes with 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. After averaging 21.7 points in JMU's first three games, Goins has been held to eight points per game in the last three. He has posted a total of seven rebounds in five of JMU's six games.
Winthrop enters Saturday's game after a loss as well, having dropped a 70-55 decision to Wofford College Wednesday night. The Eagles shot 38 percent from the field but fell behind 42-19 by halftime and could never recover.
Though Winthrop sports a 2-3 record, they have yet to defeat a Division I opponent this season, after besting both St. Andrew's and Lenoir-Rhyne earlier in November.
The Eagles are led by sophomore scoring machine Derrick Henry, who averages 18 points per game and has reached double figures in each of Winthrop's five games this season. He notched 15 in the loss to Wofford.
While the Dukes have never previously faced off against the Eagles, they have played each of the other 11 teams in the Big South Conference. JMU is 56-16 all-time against the rest of the conference.
Winthrop has played 17 games against the current members of the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-9 head-to-head record. That mark includes a 4-5 record against Towson when the two schools were both Big South members. The Eagles have not won a non-conference game in Virginia since topping Old Dominion 71-65 in 2006.