The James Madison men’s basketball team will travel to High Point, North Carolina to face the Panthers on Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m. The trip continues an eight-game swing away from Harrisonburg and follows an 0-2 performance in the E-Tech Lumberjack Classic in Nacogdoches, Texas last weekend.
After leading for 32 of the first 37 minutes of the game, the Dukes fell to Sam Houston State 77-76 on December 6th after Jabari Peters hit a three-point shot for the Bearkats with 11 seconds remaining. Sophomore Charles Cooke posted a career-high 22 points and added four rebounds and four assists. Returning from an injury, graduate student Andrey Semenov contributed 17 points. Freshman Jackson Kent accumulated 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while sophomore Taylor Bessick scored 10 points of his own.
JMU suffered its second loss of the tournament to Stephen F. Austin on December 7th, dropping its record to 2-8. After trailing by five at the break, the Dukes had trouble picking up momentum during the foul-heavy second half. SFA outscored the Dukes 22-3 on second-chance points and forced 17 turnovers on JMU. Cooke tallied 19 points, while Kent added 13 off the bench in the 70-57 loss to the Lumberjacks, marking a sixth straight loss for Madison.
Following his strong performance in Texas, Kent was selected as CAA men’s basketball Rookie of the Week after averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds over the course of two games. So far this season, he ranks fourth among team scoring while leading the freshmen in scoring. His average of 9.4 points per game is third among CAA rookies, and he currently leads JMU in made three-pointers and three-point percentage. The freshman will be returning to his home of High Point, N.C. for JMU’s text two games against High Point and UNCG.
In its most recent game, High Point (3-4) took a loss on the road to Georgetown on December 5th. Freshman guard Jorge Perez-Laham was the team’s only double-digit scorer, racking up 10 points and four rebounds. In addition, freshmen Tarique Thompson and Cliff Cornish each scored six points, while freshman guard Anthony Lindauer added three to make for a combined total of 25 freshman points.
This will be the second time in program history that JMU will be facing the Panthers. The last matchup took place in 2004 and resulted in an 82-63 loss for the Dukes.