James Madison (0-1) at Duquesne (0-2)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Television: None. Home Record: JMU 0-0, Duquesne 0-0. Away Record: JMU 0-1,
Duquesne 0-2. Neutral Record: JMU 0-0, Duquesne 0-0. Conference Record: JMU
0-0, Duquesne 0-0. Series Record: James Madison leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Duquesne Dukes play their first home game of the 2012-13
campaign on MOnday night, as they host the James Madison Dukes as part of the
subregional round of the Legends Classic.
Not only is Duquesne trying to break into the win column for the first time
this season, but this outing also marks the home debut of new head coach Jim
Ferry. Unfortunately, the first two games of his tenure didn't go as well as
he would have hoped as the team bowed to both Albany (69-66) and Georgetown
As for the Dukes, they have just a single game to their credit thus far, a
100-70 blowout loss to nationally-ranked UCLA at Pauley Pavilion last
The Dukes won both of the previous games in the series with Duquesne, the most
recent being a 74-59 final back in 1998.
Both teams will be back in action again on Tuesday, with JMU clashing with
Youngstown State and the Dukes taking on North Dakota State. On Wednesday
those four programs will switch partners once again.
Against the 13th-ranked team in the country, the Dukes of JMU simply could not
handle the Bruins on the interior, or on the outside for that matter as UCLA
hit on 9-of-16 shots from three-point range and also won the battle of the
boards, 41-26. Leading the way for James Madison was Rayshawn Goins who
connected on both of his three-point tries and was 9-of-16 from the floor
overall as he tallied 24 points in 28 minutes. Goins also added a team-best
seven rebounds and was one of only two on the team with multiple offensive
boards. A.J. Davis tacked on another 16 points as he sank half of his four
triples and was 6-of-13 from the field. Ron Curry emerged from the bench to
become the only other player on the Dukes to make more than just two field
goals as he finished with six points.
Against the Hoyas at the Verizon Center last week, Duquesne fought back from a
six-point half-time deficit to make things interesting in the second half, but
with just 2-of-10 shooting behind the three-point line in the final 20 minutes
of work the squad simply could not turn the tables of Georgetown. Sean Johnson
emerged as the top scorer for the team with his 21 points, hitting all eight
of his free-throw tries and also clearing eight rebounds before fouling out.
Coming up to rebounds shy of a double-double himself was Jerry Jones who
tacked on 10 points in the setback. After two games this is a Duquesne group
that is scoring just 60.5 ppg, with poor three-point shooting (11-of-52, .212)
having a major impact on that number. Johnson, a mere 33.3 percent shooter
from the floor overall, is at the top of the scoring list with his 15.0 ppg,
followed by Derrick Colter with 12.0 ppg as he too makes only 33.3 percent.
Duquesne should certainly reap the benefit of playing at home and since those
Dukes have played well in the early going, they are the ones who should secure
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 67, James Madison 62
11/19 10:32:29 ET
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