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JMU VISITS DREXEL TO CLOSE CAA PLAY WITH FOUR OF FIVE ON THE ROAD
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/08/2011
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James Madison (17-8, 7-6 CAA) will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Colonial Athletic Association opponent Drexel (16-7, 8-5 CAA) at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Wednesday, February 9th with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

JMU will look to bounce back after two straight home losses against William and Mary and VCU.  The Dukes have lost five out of their last seven contests and will start a three-game road stretch at Drexel.  The Dragons are 9-1 at home this season and are currently on a three-game winning streak dating back to JMU's 60-52 home win over Drexel Jan. 26.

JMU currently ranks third in the CAA in points scored per game averaging 72.5 overall, (73.4 in CAA games) and second in field goal percentage shooting 45.8% (46.1% CAA).  The Dukes also rank fourth in assists per game averaging 14.2 (14.9 CAA).

Drexel ranks second in the CAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 59.1 points per game.  The Dragons are cleaning up the boards this season, ranking in the top three nationally in rebounding margin, and rank second in the CAA in offensive rebounds with 14.0 per game and first in defensive rebounds with 26.7 per game.

JMU is coming off a 70-66 home loss to VCU Saturday afternoon.  The Rams' Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen combined for 39 points as VCU was able to pull away from a tie game with two minutes to go to secure the victory.

Senior forward Denzel Bowles had 22 points for his 13th 20-point game of the season to go with nine boards and three blocks.  Sophomore guard Devon Moore led the second-half effort for the Dukes and totaled 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Junior guard Humpty Hitchens had a well-rounded performance with seven points, a career-high seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

The Dukes are led by Bowles, who is averaging 18.0 points, which ranks second in the CAA.  He also rips down 9.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.6% from the field, which ranks first in the CAA and 14th in NCAA Division I. Sophomore guard Julius Wells is averaging 11.3 points per game while shooting 36.6% from behind the arc.  Moore leads the team in assists averaging 4.2 per game and contributes 10.4 points per game.  Junior forward Rayshawn Goins rounds out the double-digit scoring for the Dukes adding 10.0 points per game and is also averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. 

Drexel is coming off a 58-48 road victory over Delaware at the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday.  The Dragons won for the fifth time in their last six games, the loss being to JMU, and held Delaware to its lowest scoring output and lowest field goal percentage of the season in the game.  Sophomore guard Chris Fouch scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and also recorded seven rebounds in the win. 

The Dragons are led by Fouch, who is averaging 16.2 points off the bench and is shooting 40.3% from the field.  Junior forward Samme Givens averages a double-double with 11.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.  He ranks first in the CAA in rebounds per game.  Senior guard Gerald Colds rounds out the double-digit scoring for the Dragons, averaging 10.4 points per game. 

In the previous matchup, on January 26th, JMU used a key 8-0 run to take the lead and closed the game on a 24-13 swing to defeat Drexel 60-52 in the Convocation Center.  Bowles led all scorers with 19 points and added eight rebounds and three blocks for the Dukes.  Junior Wells added 13 points, seven boards, and three assists.  Gerald Colds led the Dragons with16 points and Fouch added 12 in the contest.

The Dukes will continue their road stretch traveling to Fairfax, Va. on February 12th to take on George Mason.  The matchup will be televised by Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic and New England)as well as The Comcast Network (Philadelphia) with tip-off set for 5 p.m.

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