Four days after suffering its first home conference loss of the season, James Madison will end a long home stretch Wednesday evening when William and Mary visits the Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. game.
The Dukes' six-game home winning streak was busted last Saturday when George Mason left Harrisonburg with a win. The Patriots and Dukes played a tight game down to the wire until Mason pulled away late at the charity stripe. The Patriots have now won nine straight regular season contests over the Dukes.
JMU (13-11, 7-4 CAA) is hoping to have success against a different Virginia team in its next game when the Tribe visits Harrisonburg. William and Mary (9-12, 3-7 CAA) marks the second straight Virginia team that the Dukes will face, the first time this season that JMU has played back-to-back in-state teams.
Redshirt senior Devon Moore is coming off a career game against George Mason. The veteran point guard scored a career-high 25 points on Saturday and is averaging over 13 per game over his last five contests. Moore also chipped in four rebounds, five assists and a steal on Saturday. Moore's 4.2 assists per game leads the team and is second best in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Senior forward Rayshawn Goins was another bright spot on Saturday, missing his seventh double-double of the season by just one rebound. He shot 71 percent from the field and finished the game with 13 points, the fourth time in five games Goins has reached double-digit scoring.
Goins 13.8 points per game leads a quartet of Dukes in the CAA's top 30 scorers. Goins ranks 14th while Moore, freshman guard Andre Nation and redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis rank 21st, 27th and 30th, respectively.
The Tribe also sports a few of the association's top scorers. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton and junior forward Tim Rusthoven both rank among conference's top 10. Rusthoven has scored at least 11 points in 10 of his last 11 games and has notched double-doubles in five of those. He grabbed a career-high 16 boards on Saturday when the Tribe hosted Hofstra.
Thornton nets 18 points per game and is a scoring threat each time he takes the court. In 21 games this season, he has never failed to reach double-digit scoring. Thornton also leads his team in assists, handing out 2.9 per game.
William and Mary defeated Hofstra 72-59 on Saturday, but the Tribe have lost nine of their past 11 games. JMU split its series with W&M last season, dropping a road contest in Williamsburg 68-61 but winning 59-47 in Harrisonburg three weeks later.