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Dukes and Tribe to Clash in Saturday Men’s Basketball TV Matchup
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/17/2014

James Madison will look to snap a three-game losing streak when men’s basketball hits the road for the 15th time this season to face Colonial Athletic Association opponent William and Mary this Saturday, January 18th at 4 p.m.

The game will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England along with Comcast Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

The Dukes suffered their third loss in a row when they fell to Northeastern 56-52 at home on Wednesday night, dropping to 6-12 overall and 1-3 in conference play. While JMU never possessed the lead in the game, they put together a second-half rally to come within one point after trailing by as many as 15. A loose ball and a series of missed baskets for JMU allowed for NU to again increase its lead and close out the game. Sophomore guard Andre Nation was the game’s top-scorer with 16 points and five rebounds, while sophomore guard Charles Cooke contributed 14 points.

In their last outing, the Tribe of William and Mary suffered a 76-71 loss to Delaware, despite having five players score in double-figures. A six-point lead at the half was not enough to withstand a rally by the Blue Hens, ending the Tribe’s three-game win streak. Senior forward Tim Rusthoven led W&M with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while senior Brandon Britt followed close behind with 12 points off the bench.  Sophomore Terry Tarpey contributed an additional 10 points and 10 boards to mark his first career double- double. Marcus Thorton and Omar Prewitt also added 10 points apiece.

James Madison and William and Mary have faced four common opponents so far this season- Delaware, Hampton, High Point and Richmond. W&M went 0-4 against these teams, while JMU went 2-2, recording road wins against Hampton and High Point.

Last season, the Dukes achieved two regular-season wins against the Tribe and later went on to defeat W&M 72-67 in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.  Madison has won four straight in the series. Last year it was A.J. Davis who proved to be the thorn in the Tribe’s side with games of 27, 36 and 20 points in the three JMU wins. Davis is now playing in the NBA D-League with the Sioux Falls SkyForce.

JMU will return home after its game against William and Mary when they play Charleston on January 25th at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

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