Following its first loss in almost a month, James Madison will look to start a fresh winning streak by stepping back out of conference play one last time for a visit to Hampton on Monday at 7 p.m.
JMU (7-7, 1-1 CAA) dropped a 68-52 decision at Georgia State Saturday afternoon, its first loss since a one-point loss to rival University of Richmond on December 8 and its worst loss since a 76-58 loss at Miami (Ohio) on November 24.
While JMU welcomed back Devon Moore at the last moment for GSU, the Dukes were without key senior forward Andrey Semenov (10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg), who injured his ankle at Old Dominion. Thanks to several injuries, he has averaged just 19.6 minutes per game this season with the Dukes going 5-1 in his unrestricted games. Conversely, they are just 2-6 in games in which he has missed most of the action due to injury.
Redshirt senior forward Rayshawn Goins continues to pace the team in his absence. The Cleveland native anchors the JMU frontcourt with 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. After registering 19 points and 16 boards in the loss to Georgia State, Goins now has nine career double-doubles, including three this season.
Hampton (2-10, 1-0 MEAC) is in danger of losing its fourth straight game, after winning two of three games in an 18-day stretch in December. Freshman guard Deron Powers averages 10.5 points and 4.3 assists per game, leading both team categories.
Hamptom is the only Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent that JMU will play in the regular season this year, but that doesn't mean the Pirates and Dukes aren't familiar with each other. The two teams played each other last year in Harrisonburg with JMU prevailing 74-67. They will meet again in December at the Richmond Coliseum as part of the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic. JMU leads the all-time series 3-0.
Hampton and JMU play serveral common opponents this season, including former non-conference opponents Winthrop and Richmond. Both teams lost to the Spiders, though the Dukes did beat the Eagles 71-61 on December 1. Hampton dropped its match with Winthrop 50-43 on December 30. The Pirates also lost to CAA opponents William and Mary and UNCW early in the season, both of which JMU will face twice this year.