HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 1, 2012 - Redshirt senior forwards Rayshawn Goins (Cleveland,
Ohio/Glenville) and Andrey Semenov
(St. Petersburg, Russia/Blue Ridge School) poured in 19 and 17 points,
respectively, as James Madison pulled away in the second half for a 71-61
victory over Winthrop in a non-conference men's basketball game at the JMU
JMU snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 2-5
while winning its first game at home. WU
fell to 2-4.
The Dukes led 34-28 after a back-and-forth first half and
maintained a lead between six and 10 points for the first five minutes of the
second half before pulling away.
Madison held a 42-34 advantage at the 15:28 mark when the
Dukes embarked upon a 12-0 run to essentially clinch the victory. Goins had six
of his 19 points during the run, which started with a transition alley-oop dunk
from senior guard Devon Moore
(Columbus, Ohio/Northland) to freshman guard Andre Nation (Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian).
The Eagles countered with a quick 8-0 spurt of their own and
cut it to 10 at 58-48 with 4:47 to go.
The Dukes built the margin back to 15 before Winthrop again crawled back
with Andre Smith's deep trey making it 67-59 with 44 seconds left. JMU hit all four free throw attempts in the
final minute to put away its 71-61 triumph.
Goins tallied his 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight
rebounds. Semenov poured in 17 points on
6-of-11 shooting in his return from injury, having played just two minutes in
the season opener at UCLA. He connected
on a three-pointer just nine seconds after checking in and went 6-for-11 from
Nation poured in nine points, four rebounds, a team-high six
assists and two steals. Moore tallied
nine points, four boards, five assists and a career-high four steals.
Smith led all players with 26 points for the Eagles,
including a 4-for-6 showing from long distance.
Gideon Gamble added 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
After opening the game 3-for-16 (19 percent) from the floor,
JMU went 20-for-34 (59 percent) the rest of the way. That included a 55 percent (11-for-20)
showing in the second half. The Dukes
attempted just five threes after the break after going 4-for-14 (29 percent) in
the first half.
Both teams committed 19 turnovers in the game. Winthrop shot 42 percent from the floor but
attempted 14 fewer free throws as JMU was 20-for-26 (77 percent) while the Eagles
were 10-for-12 (83 percent).
JMU began the first half holding Winthrop scoreless for the
first four minutes, however the Eagles responded to tie it up at 9-9 and later
went on a 9-0 run to pull in front 18-11.
Trailing 21-13, the Dukes embarked upon their own 8-0 run,
capped by a Semenov three-pointer in transition to tie the score at 21-21. After a Gamble three, JMU rattled off another
seven unanswered points with a three-point play by Charles Cooke giving Madison
a 28-24 advantage. The Dukes took a
34-28 lead into the break for their largest lead of the half.
In his first action since two minutes in the season opener
at UCLA, Semenov had 10 points in the first half with Goins adding nine. Smith and Gamble each had 11 for
Winthrop. JMU opened the half hitting
just three of its first 16 attempts from the field (19 percent) but heated up
to finish at 40 percent for the period.
JMU plays its third of five straight games at home on
Wednesday with a 7 p.m. game against East Tennessee State.
improved to 57-16 all-time against Big South Conference schools... Winthrop was
the previously the only one of the current 12 Big South schools that JMU had
not faced... the Dukes won the opening tipoff for the first time in seven games
this season... JMU was whistled for its first foul on a player control violation
with 1.1 seconds remaining in the first half... Madison's 34-28 lead at the half
was its first halftime advantage of the season... JMU's 20-point lead at the 9:00
mark of the second half was its largest lead of the season... the previous high
before facing Winthrop had been eight points.