Following its second win in a row, James Madison men’s basketball will host in-state foe William and Mary on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the JMU Convocation Center.
The game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. Due to CAA television contractual obligations, JMU’s free video stream of MadiZONE HD SportsNet presented by the JMU Alumni Association will be blacked out in the United States and only available internationally.
In their last outing, the Dukes took home a 49-46 win over Northeastern, improving to 8-13 overall and 3-4 within the CAA. The matchup featured back-and-forth action, as the game included eight ties and 10 lead changes. Sophomore guard Andre Nation accumulated team highs of 13 points and seven rebounds to go with two assists, two steals and a block, marking his fifth consecutive double-digit game. Graduate student Andrey Semenov added nine second-half points, including a pair of three-point contributions to break ties in the final five minutes.
In its most recent game, William and Mary fell 89-72 to CAA-leading Delaware, dropping to 12-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. The Tribe narrowed their 24-point deficit to nine but ultimately failed to match Delaware’s 51.6 percent shooting. Junior guard Marcus Thornton, the CAA’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, led the team with 19 points and five assists. Freshman Daniel Dixon posted a career-high 15 points in addition to six rebounds.
When the two teams met earlier this season, JMU suffered a 78-56 loss on the road at the Kaplan Arena. While the Dukes took the early lead thanks to a 10-0 run, W&M responded with nine straight points to pull ahead. After the score was tied 13-13, W&M outscored JMU 29-11 the remainder of the half to seal the fate of the contest. Despite the loss, Nation scored a career-high 25 points and added five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Sophomore guard Ron Curry was the only other Duke to score in double-figures, putting up 14 points. Thornton was the leading scorer for the green and gold with 20 points, while seniors Tim Rusthoven and Brandon Britt added 17 and 12 points, respectively.
The matchup is expected to be one of strong offense versus strong defense. William and Mary is currently second in CAA offensive scoring at 72.9 points per game and first in offensive field goal percentage (.466), while JMU is second in defensive scoring (66.8 p/g) and third in defensive field goal percentage (.422).
After facing William and Mary, JMU will travel to Maryland to take on Towson on February 4th at 7 p.m. in a game televised on Comcast SportsNet and CSS.