James Madison (0-1) at Duquesne (0-2)
The Sports Network
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 (61-55).
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 Thursday.
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 the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 67, James Madison 62
11/19 10:32:29 ET