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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/14/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

James Madison (18-9, 8-7 CAA) will finish its three-game road stretch on Tuesday, February 15th when the Dukes face Colonial Athletic Association opponent Towson (4-21, 0-15 CAA) at the Towson Center with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

JMU currently ranks third in the CAA in points scored per game averaging 72.2 overall, (72.7 in CAA games) and second in field goal percentage shooting 45.4% (45.3% CAA).  The Dukes also rank fourth in three-point percentage shooting 37.3% (37.7% CAA).

The Dukes are coming off an 82-68 road loss to George Mason Saturday.  The win moved the Patriots into first place in the CAA standings.  George Mason was able to pull away from a one-point halftime lead with a penetrating offense and a defense that limited James Madison to 28% shooting in the second half.

Senior forward Denzel Bowles recorded his CAA-leading 14th double-double, which also ranks 10th nationally, with 12 points and 11 boards to go with three assists.  Bowles also became the 25th player in JMU history to surpass 1,000 career points.  Sophomore Devon Moore and junior Wells totaled 14 points apiece and junior forward Rayshawn Goins posted a solid effort of 12 points and eight rebounds. 

The Dukes are led by Bowles, who is averaging 18.0 points per game, which ranks second in the CAA.  He also rips down 9.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.4% from the field, which ranks first in the CAA. Wells is averaging 11.1 points per game while shooting 35.5% from behind the arc.  Moore leads the team in assists averaging 4.1 per game and contributes 10.6 points per game.  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. 

Towson is coming off a 95-93 overtime loss to UNCW at home on Saturday afternoon.  The Seahawks overcame a 22-point second-half deficit to force the overtime period and senior guard Chad Tomko scored 11 of his team high 31 points in the final 1:23 of overtime to secure the victory.  Sophomore Isaiah Philmore, the CAA Co-Player of the Week, scored a career-high 33 points for the Tigers and also grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.

The Tigers are led by Philmore, who is averaging 14.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.  Juniors Dupree Braxton and Rayshawn Polk contribute 12.5 and 12.4 points per game, respectively.  Braxton also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game.  Senior guard Josh Brown is a player to watch, he is averaging 10.6 points per game while shooting a CAA-best 44.7% from behind the arc.

In the previous meeting on January 5th, The Dukes used a balanced team attack to defeat the Tigers by a margin of 31 points, 99-68, at home in the Convocation Center.  JMU shot 66% from the field and all 12 available players scored in the contest.  Redshirt sophomore forward Andrey Semenov contributed 20 points of a season-high 55 points off the bench for the Dukes.  Polk led the Tigers with 20 points and Brown converted on 4-of-5 from behind the arc and tallied 18 points in the contest.

The Dukes will be back at home in the Convocation Center for a non-conference game versus Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, February 19th.  The matchup is part of the ESPN's Sears Bracketbusters weekend and can be viewed on ESPN3.com.  Tip-off set for noon.

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