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Dukes expecting to play CAA games this weekend, details TBA

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 10:40 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The James Madison men’s basketball team is expected to finally begin conference play this weekend.

The Dukes’ first conference games of the season, scheduled for January 3 & 5 against Towson, were postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Tigers’ program. JMU was scheduled to visit UNCW this coming weekend but those games have also been postponed due to a positive case within the Seahawks’ program.

During his weekly press conference Monday, Byington said the Dukes are expected to still open CAA play this weekend but the details about who and where JMU will be playing are still TBA.

“We were told we are going to play this weekend but we don’t know who right now,” said Byington. “It’s kind of good we don’t know so we can focus on ourselves and getting better. We got a good team we are playing tomorrow and probably our last non-conference game of the year. But we will be playing conference, I believe, this weekend.”

JMU is 3-4 overall after an 80-73 home loss to Morgan State Sunday night. The Dukes are scheduled to host Florida Atlantic Tuesday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Atlantic Union Bank Center.

JMU women open CAA play with comeback win

The James Madison women’s basketball team began conference play with a comeback win over Towson, 89-85, Sunday afternoon in Harrisonburg. Kiki Jefferson scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory, earning CAA Player of the Week honors in the process. Freshman Peyton McDaniel was named CAA Rookie of the Week after scoring 11 points and securing six rebounds in the victory.

With the victory over Towson, JMU improves to 5-3 overall (1-0 CAA). The win came after back-to-back blowout losses to Power Five opponents to close out non-conference play.

“That’s why I am like elated with the result,” said JMU head coach Sean O’Regan. “Because I told you, win or lose, we are going to watch film. Win or lose, we are going to practice hard. All that stuff. But like, psychologically, it was a huge boost for us.”

The Dukes are scheduled to visit Towson for a 2 p.m. tip-off Tuesday.

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