James Madison men’s basketball will look to snap its two-game Colonial Athletic Association losing streak when it heads to Philadelphia to face Drexel on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Dukes will continue conference play following an 80-71 road loss to Towson on Tuesday that dropped their record to 8-15 overall and 3-6 within the CAA. After forcing six turnovers and cashing in on 9-of-16 shooting early in the first half JMU pulled ahead with the 23-21 advantage. The Tigers, however, responded with a 17-2 run to claim a 38-25 lead going into the break.
Towson led by as much as 20 in the second half before JMU started to chip away at the lead. Sophomore guards Andre Nation and Ron Curry each scored seven points in the final nine minutes of the game to bring the Dukes within single digits. Aside from the 17-2 Towson run, Madison actually outscored TU 69-63 for the remaining 34 minutes of the contest.
Nation led JMU in scoring, posting 20 points in addition to four rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals. Curry and sophomore guard Charles Cooke joined Nation in double-figures for JMU, as Curry accumulated 13 points and two assists, while Cooke added 10 points and a team-high seven boards.
In its last game, Drexel claimed a 61-50 victory over UNCW to improve to 12-10 overall and 4-5 in conference play. When UNCW took the early lead off a 9-0 run, Drexel went on a 12-2 run of their own to finish the half ahead 29-24. After both teams struggled to score in the opening minutes of the second half, the Seahawks got within one point on two occasions, but a series of buckets by the Dragons put them up by eight. UNCW failed to get within six the remainder of the game.
Sophomore guard Tavon Allen led the Dragons with 17 points off the bench. Graduate student Chris Fouch followed with 16 points, while senior Frantz Massenat added 15 with five assists. All three players recorded five rebounds apiece and accounted for 78.7 percent of Drexel’s scoring.
This will be the first matchup between the two teams this season. Last season, however, both teams collected wins on their respective home courts. Rayshawn Goins and Devon Moore were the game’s high-scorers for James Madison’s win, each scoring 14 points. Massenat led the Dragons to their victory, but Cooke was the top scorer of the game recording 16 points and six rebounds.
Following their trip to Philadelphia, the Dukes will return to the JMU Convocation Center to take on Hofstra in a televised game on Monday night at 7 p.m.