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Second Place Men’s Basketball Home for Hofstra on Thursday
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/30/2013

After climbing into sole possession of second place in the Colonial Athletic Association with Monday's win at UNCW, JMU will open a three-game home stand Thursday evening against visiting Hofstra at 7 p.m.

Monday night's 63-56 win over UNCW marked just the second true road win of the season for JMU (12-10, 6-3 CAA), the other coming on January 2 over Old Dominion.  Both road wins have completed rare season sweeps, just the fourth in 20 years against UNCW and just the third all-time against ODU.

With the Dukes at 6-3 in second place in the CAA, JMU has achieved its best standing in conference play after nine games since being 7-2 and in first place during the 1999-2000 season, which was the last time the Dukes won the league. JMU has won three straight games, now the second-longest winning streak in the conference behind only unbeaten Northeastern.

Redshirt senior Devon Moore turned in one of the most dominant efforts of his career on Monday in Wilmington. He grabbed seven rebounds and dished three assists to go along with his team-high 19 points, which included a clutch three-pointer at the end that pushed the JMU lead from four to seven. Moore's defense also limited Seahawks guard Chris Dixon to 16 points on 10 shots. In the previous four games, Dixon has averaged 21.5 points from 14 shots.

Rayshawn Goins has been highly consistent of late. The redshirt senior averaged five rebounds per game during a four-game period between January 9 and January 19 but has totaled two double-doubles in his last three outings to run his career total to 12.  Goins, who is averaging 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds on the season, ranks 14th and fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring and rebounding, respectively.

JMU will also enter its second 1,000-point watch of the season Thursday night. Redshirt senior guard AJ Davis enters Thursday's game against Hofstra with 993 career points scored, needing only seven to join his cousin, Devon Moore, in reaching the 1,000-point career milestone this season.

Hofstra (5-15, 2-5 CAA) will enter the Convocation Center on a four-game losing streak after winning two of its first three conference games. Sophomore guard Taran Buie has come into his own this season, scoring at least 20 points four times and failing to reach double digits only twice. Buie averages 15.1 points per game, good for the ninth-best mark in the CAA.

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