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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/23/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

James Madison (20-9, 9-7 CAA) will square off against Colonial Athletic Association opponent Old Dominion (21-6, 12-4 CAA) in the Dukes last home game of the season on Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Convocation Center. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

JMU will be celebrating senior night and will recognize senior guard Ben Louis and senior forward Denzel Bowles prior to the game.

JMU currently ranks third in the CAA in points scored per game averaging 72.1 overall (72.6 in CAA games) and second in field-goal percentage shooting 45.7% (45.6% CAA).  The Dukes also rank fourth in three-point percentage shooting 37.7% (37.4% CAA).

Game Promotions

*Senior Night - Recognition of Denzel Bowles and Ben Louis

*Exit 245 sings National Anthem

*T-shirts to first 500 Students

*ESPNU National Audience

ODU ranks first in the CAA in fewest points allowed, holding opponents to an average of 57.8 points per game.  The Monarchs also rank second in rebounds per game with 40.3, first in blocks per game with 4.7 per game, and second in steals with 7.0 per game. ODU also ranks second in rebounding margin in NCAA Division I.

The Dukes are coming off a 70-69 victory over Miami University on ESPN Sears BracketBusters weekend on Saturday.  Redshirt sophomore guard Devon Moore hit one of his two free-throw attempts with 2.9 seconds remaining to give JMU the win.  JMU improved to 20-9 overall and reached the 20-win mark before postseason play for the first time since 1981-82 when the Dukes went 24-6. 

Junior forward Julius Wells led five Dukes in double figures with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds.  Moore contributed 12 points and six boards while junior guard Humpty Hitchens also added 15 points for the Dukes. 

The Dukes are led by senior forward Denzel Bowles, who is averaging 18.5 points per game, which ranks second in the CAA.  He also rips down 9.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.7% from the field, which ranks first in the CAA and 16th nationally in NCAA Division I. Wells is averaging 10.9 points per game while shooting 35.4% from behind the arc.  Moore leads the team in assists averaging 4.4 per game and contributes 10.7 points per game.  Sophomore forward Andrey Semenov is a player to watch, averaging 7.5 points per game while shooting a team-best 44.3% from behind the arc.

ODU is also coming off an ESPN BracketBusters victory as the Monarchs defeated Cleveland State 74-63 on Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.  The Monarchs are on a four-game winning streak, and have won nine out of their last ten contests.

Frank Hassell finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Monarchs, recording his 12th double-double of the season. Ben Finney also added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win.  They were each key to ODU outrebounding the Vikings by an astounding 53-24 margin.

The Monarchs are led by Hassell, who is averaging 13.9 points, and 9.5 rebounds per game. Junior swingman Kent Bazemore is the team's second-leading scorer averaging 12.2 points per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. He also leads the CAA in steals with 2.3 per game.  Senior Ben Finney rounds out the scoring for ODU averaging 9.4 points per game while contributing 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as well.

In the previous contest on January 19th, JMU travelled to Norfolk, Va. was defeated by ODU 64-58.  The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Dukes.  Denzel Bowles was just shy of a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists.  Frank Hassell led ODU with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

JMU will conclude regular season CAA play on Saturday when the Dukes face VCU in Richmond, Va. in the Siegel Center.  The game will be televised by The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet (New England) with tip-off set for noon.

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