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Men’s Basketball Returns to Convo to Host CAA Newcomer Charleston on Saturday
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/23/2014

The James Madison men’s basketball team will try to break its four-game losing streak when the Dukes face the College of Charleston for the second time in five games on Saturday, January 25th, at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
The game will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England in addition to Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and SportsNet New York (SNY). CAA blackout restrictions will limit JMU’s free video coverage on MadiZONE HD SportsNet presented by the JMU Alumni Association within the viewing area of those networks.

JMU fell to 6-13 overall and 1-4 in CAA conference play in its last outing, a 78-56 loss on the road at William and Mary.  After the Dukes took the early lead on a 10-0 run, the Tribe responded by going 9-0 to make the score 13-10 in their favor. Madison tied the game on a free throw but only scored 11 versus William and Mary’s 29 the remainder of the half to seal the fate of the game.

Sophomore guard Andre Nation posted well-rounded figures, scoring a career-high 25 points in addition to five rebounds, four assists and five steals. He led JMU in all four categories. Sophomore guard Ron Curry added14 points for JMU.

In its last outing, the College of Charleston took home a 75-70 win at home over UNCW. The Cougars were led by senior Nori Johnson, who scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, in addition to senior forwards Willis Hall, who added 12 with seven rebounds, and Anthony Thomas who contributed 11 points of his own. As a team, Charleston combined for a total of 12 assists, six blocks and 12 steals.

When the two teams met earlier this season, the Cougars claimed the win within the game’s final minutes.  After graduate forward Andrey Semenov tied the game with a 3-pointer for the Dukes with 12 minutes left in the game, a series of JMU turnovers allowed the Cougars to make a 12-0 run and pull away with the 75-61 victory. Sophomore guard Charles Cooke led the Dukes with 21 points and six rebounds, while Semenov followed with 19 points. Charleston had four players score in double-figures, including a double-double by Thomas who posted 10 points and 11 boards. Guards Anthony Stitt, Nori Johnson and Joe Chealey added 23, 18 and 12 points, respectively.

The only common opponents the two teams have played so far this season are Northeastern and UNCW. In its game versus the Huskies, Charleston had three players score in double-figures to give the Cougars their first CAA road win with a 58-49 victory. While JMU never maintained the lead against Northeastern, a second-half rally got them within one point, but a series of missed baskets a few plays later resulted in a 56-52 loss for the Dukes. Both JMU and CofC defeated UNCW by five.

Following its game against the College of Charleston, James Madison will head to Boston to face Northeastern again on Wednesday, January 29th at 7 p.m.

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