Following a 60-48 loss to Drexel in Philadelphia, the JMU men's basketball team will play its second game in 48 hours when it hosts the Towson Tigers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with television coverage on Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic-plus), Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast and The Comcast Network (Philadelphia).
The game begins a key stretch of three straight against the top three in the current CAA standings. In addition to second-place Towson on Tuesday, the Dukes travel to third-place Delaware on Sunday followed by first-place Northeastern next Wednesday.
Drexel topped JMU (14-12, 8-5 CAA) Sunday night behind a combined 27 points from guards Frantz Massenat and Derrick Thomas. JMU has a quick turnaround to prepare to host Towson (14-12, 9-4) on Tuesday. The Tigers, winners of four straight games, own a 73-47 head-to-head win over JMU dating back to January 19.
Freshman guard Charles Cooke was injured last month when the Dukes took on Towson. Cooke, now playing through a fractured wrist, has seen elevated productivity of late, averaging 10.8 points per game over the last four contests.
Cooke scored what was a career-high 13 points behind a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night on January 31 against Hofstra. He reset that record when he scored 16 points Sunday night at Drexel. Cooke attempted 11 shots and made seven, both of which are also career-high marks.
Flanking the freshman in the backcourt is redshirt senior Devon Moore, who leads the CAA with 4.5 assists per game. He also reigns in 1.3 steals per game, a mark that ranks him with fellow JMU guard Andre Nation (1.5spg) among the CAA's top 15 swipers. Moore has averaged over 17.3 points per game over the last three games, the top mark on the team.
Towson is anchored by likely CAA Player of the Year leading candidate junior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation with 17 double-doubles this season. Among Benimon's numerous accolades and rankings this season, he ranks sixth in the CAA in scoring (16.8 p/g), first in rebounding (11.4 r/g), fourth in field goal percentage (53.0 percent) and second in blocked shots (2.3 b/g).
Towson hasn't completed a season sweep of JMU since the 2006-2007 season, when the Tigers won 69-60 in Harrisonburg and 76-62 at the Towson Center. The Dukes finished 7-23 that season.