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Men’s Basketball Carries Momentum into Saturday’s Televised Mason Matchup
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/01/2013

Armed with the momentum of a six-game home winning streak, James Madison will look to capitalize on its home-court advantage when rival George Mason comes to town on Saturday. The Colonial Athletic Association showdown will tip at 4 p.m. with TV coverage on Comcast SportsNet.

George Mason pushed its winning streak over JMU to eight straight games last month in a back-and-forth game ended in an 11-point Patriots' win. CAA Player of the Year candidate Sherrod Wright scored 23 points while JMU was outrebounded by 21 boards.

Forwards Rayshawn Goins, Taylor Bessick and Enoch Hood combined to shoot 9-for-16 from the floor for 25 points.  However; the remaining Dukes shot 9-for-33, netting 32 points.

JMU is 4-1 since losing to Mason on January 15. Its current four-game winning streak is good for the longest winning streak in the CAA after Georgia State topped Northeastern on Thursday night.  JMU's Thursday win over Hofstra pulled the Dukes within one and a half games of the first-place Huskies.

During the four-game streak, Goins has totaled two double-doubles and hit double-digit scoring three times, most recently on Thursday night against the visiting Pride when he scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards.

Redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis hit a notable career milestone Thursday night, scoring his 1,000th career point on a three-pointer late in the second half. He is averaging just under 10 points per game over the Dukes' four-game streak, slightly higher than his 8.5 per-game average.

Wright, a 6'4" junior guard who is the Patriots' primary scoring threat, is the CAA's fourth-leading scorer with 17.9 points per game. His offensive output increased to 18.7 points per game over the nine games George Mason played in January.

The Patriots are looking to end a two-game losing streak. After losing to league-leading Northeastern 71-51 on Sunday, they lost a second game Thursday night at home to Drexel. Mason led by as much as 20 points, but only mustered 16 points in the second half. It was the Patriots' worst second-half scoring drought since 2006.

JMU is playing for its fifth straight conference win. It would be the longest conference winning streak since January 3-15, 2011.

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