Towson (14-12, 9-4) at James Madison (14-12, 8-5) – 7:00 – Comcast SportsNet
In the last meeting between these schools, a close game turned into an epic blowout, as Towson outscored JMU by 23 in the second half of the Tigers’ 73-47 win over the Dukes on January 19th. You can expect a better game this time around: JMU is a significantly better team at home. JMU must take advantage of its penultimate home game, because its next two games with be on the road at Delaware and Northeastern.
In the previous contest, a balanced scoring attack and stifling defense keyed the Tigers blowout win. Towson held JMU to 25.5% from the floor, and outrebounded the Dukes by 12. The second-place Tigers have rattled off four consecutive victories, and a win tonight would give them their longest winning streak since 2000. Beginning with their miraculous comeback win at Oregon State, Towson has won 10 of its last 14 games.
Rayshawn Goins shot 1-of-10 in the first matchup, and his performance tonight will be a deciding factor tonight. Goins isn’t as tall as most of Towson’s frontcourt, but his ability to hit shots from range pulls the defense away from the basket, allowing him to drive or dish to open teammates. Enoch Hood also had a decent game last time, finishing with seven points (he was JMU’s third-leading scorer).
Regardless of his team’s shooting woes, Matt Brady could not have been happy about letting Towson shoot 53.6% from the floor in the second half last game. JMU will be up against, as Towson has emerged as one of the deepest teams in the CAA. JMU has proven itself as a good home team, but Towson is morphing into a road warrior of sorts.
Towson 70, JMU 67