HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison men's basketball had four players score in double figures on Wednesday afternoon, but Louisiana used a 20-4 second-half run to hand the Dukes an 82-70 loss in non-conference men's basketball at the JMU Convocation Center.
Senior guard Jackson Kent led the way for JMU (0-5) with a season-high 16 points and five rebounds, while senior forward Yohanny Dalembert added 15 points and a season-high nine rebounds.
Frank Bartley led the Ragin' Cajuns (3-2) with 28 points, while Jay Wright contributed 27 points and six assists. The rest of Louisiana combined for 27 points among them.
Junior guard Joey McLean poured in 13 points and dished a career-high seven assists for the Dukes, while senior forward Tom Vodanovich matched his 13 points while tallying three assists, tying his career high.
The Dukes held a 12-10 lead seven minutes into the game, and didn't trail by more than eight throughout the first half, ending the period down 39-31. Louisiana pulled away early in the second half, stretching a 43-39 lead at the 17:40 mark to 63-43 with 11:54 to play, putting the game out of reach.
QUOTING COACH ROWE "We battled well and moved the ball well today, but we have to be better. These guys are fighters and they're proud, but I know they aren't proud of where we are right now, so we're going to get back out tomorrow and change some things up moving forward."
BATTLE ON THE BOARDS JMU outrebounded the Ragin' Cajuns by a 31-30 margin, marking the fifth time in as many games that the Dukes have won the rebounding battle. Seven of the 10 players that saw the floor for JMU pulled down at least one board on Wednesday, while all but one player on the roster is averaging at least one rebound per game this season.
UP NEXT The Dukes hit the road over the weekend, heading north to face in-state rival George Mason at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. The Patriots, formerly members of the CAA, are JMU's second-most frequent opponent in program history, trailing only William & Mary. JMU leads the all-time series, 47-44.
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