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Men’s Basketball Returns to the Triad for Wednesday Tilt at UNCG
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/17/2013

After snapping its six-game losing streak in its game against High Point, the James Madison men’s basketball team will travel to Greensboro, N.C. to face UNCG on Wednesday, December 18th at 7 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

JMU improved its overall record to 3-8 with an 84-69 win over High Point Saturday night. After falling behind early at tip-off and trailing by 12 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, the Dukes went on a 7-0 run to make it a 40-35 score at the break. Carrying that run into the second half, the run continued to the tune of an overall 15-2 stretch to take the lead on a three-point play by sophomore Taylor Bessick. The Panthers got ahead again shortly afterwards, but a basket by Andrey Semenov put James Madison on top for the remainder of the game.

Sophomore guard Charles Cooke continued his season growth by posting a career-high 25 points, five rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block to tally his tenth straight game in double-figures. Returning to his hometown, freshman Jackson Kent scored 10 with five rebounds and a career-high five assists.  Sophomore Ron Curry added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Semenov accumulated 16 points, eight boards and three assists to leave him three points shy of the 1,000 point milestone, while Bessick posted 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks to contribute to the team’s season-high 84 points.

In its last outing, the UNCG men’s basketball team fell to Rutgers 89-72 on the road at the Rutgers Athletic Center, dropping to 5-6 overall. With a 19-point deficit at the half, the Spartans rallied in the second to get within single-digits but ultimately could not achieve the complete comeback. Junior forward Kyle Cain posted 18 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Freshman Tevon Saddler added 13 points, while sophomore Kayel Locke contributed another 11.

The Dukes are 5-0 against UNCG all-time. When the two teams met last season, JMU used a 20-point halftime lead to win 85-73. Devon Moore had one of his best career performances with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Rayshawn Goins had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Following their game against UNCG, the Dukes will head to Richmond to play in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic against Hampton on December 21st at 3 p.m. The game will make the final contest in JMU’s eight-game road trip as well as the first appearance in the Richmond Coliseum since clinching the Colonial Athletic Association title in March.

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