James Madison will
play its first home game of the season on Wednesday, November 28in a
Presidential battle against George Washington of the Atlantic 10 at 7 p.m. The game will air nationally on NBC Sports Network with free HD video coverage also available online via MadiZONE.
JMU played its first five games away from Harrisonburg, including two neutral-site games in Pittsburgh as part of the Progressive Legends Classic subregional round. It is the longest stretch of games prior to the home opener for the Dukes since the 2009-2010 season, when an extended stay at the 2k Sports Classic in Miami kept the Dukes away from a home-opening date with UMBC, also on Nov. 28.
This season, the Dukes are looking to bounce back from a 76-58 loss to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Despite trailing the entire game, JMU saw strong outings by senior guard Devon Moore and senior forward Rayshawn Goins.
Goins finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, both just below his season averages. Along with Delaware's Devon Saddler and Northeastern's Joel Smith, he leads the CAA in most 20-point games so far this season.
Moore finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting to reset his season-high mark of 13 against Duquesne on November 15. He averages nine points and 3.8 assists per game.
George Washington, which played Mount St. Mary's Monday night, beat fellow Colonial Athletic Association member Hofstra 80-56 on Saturday. The Colonials shot nearly 71 percent from the floor in the second half. Their starters shot over 65 percent for the whole game.
Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks against the Pride. Armwood averages 12 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. He is shooting 51 percent from the field this season.
Armwood is backed up by freshman guard Joe McDonald, who chips in 10 points and 3.8 assists per contest. The 6'1" guard also averages 5.3 rebounds each game.
GW did not fare as well on Monday, falling short against the MSMU frenetic trapping defense to commit a season-high 25 turnovers. The Mountaineers prevailed 65-56, using GW turnovers and poor outside shooting (0-for-6) to overcome a 51-percent shooting effort by the Colonials.
Lasan Kromah led the way with 18 points while Armwood added a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Larsen chipped in 10 points, nine boards and four assists.
The JMU game completes a stretch of three games in five days for the Colonials. George Washington lost its season opener to Youngstown State, which JMU defeated 69-68 on November 20. The Colonials' only loss since has to been to Notre Dame in South Bend.
The Colonials lead the all-time series 6-2, though the Dukes did get the best of the Colonials in last season's matchup. JMU led by as much as 22 but had to withstand a strong finish by GWU that closed the final deficit to just five points.
Head coach Matt Brady is 4-0 in home openers at JMU. The game will match the only two Division I programs whose schools are named for United States Presidents.