Late Surge Lifts James Madison Men's Basketball Past Northern Illinois

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ROCHESTER, Mich. -- James Madison used a 10-2 run across just three minutes late in the second half on Saturday afternoon, as the Dukes battled to a big 78-74 win over Northern Illinois in the Men Against Breast Cancer Oakland Hoops Classic at the Blacktop at the O'Rena.

The Dukes (5-2) hit a season-high 12 three-pointers on the day, controlling the final minutes as they hit six of their final eight field goals and held the Huskies (3-2) to just four points across the last 4:52 of the contest.

JMU also put together a historic performance at the free throw line, making 13-of-14 in the second half and 16-of-17 (94.1 percent) on the day, the best clip for the Dukes since a 73-70 win at FAU on Dec. 20, 2003, when they went 19-of-20 (95.0 percent).

Four players scored in double-figures for the Dukes, with senior guard Stuckey Mosley and sophomore guard Darius Banks leading the way with 17 points apiece. Sophomore Matt Lewis went 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-7 from three to add 16 points, while sophomore forward Dwight Wilson chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

QUOTING COACH ROWE
"I love coaching this team. After a tough day yesterday, they turned around, got their minds right and found a way to win late against a really good NIU team. It was good to see us get some flow on the offensive side and we need to keep improving that moving forward with another tough game coming tomorrow."

QUICK HITS
- Freshman Deshon Parker racked up a career-high six assists across just 17 minutes of turnover-free ball, giving him 24 assists to just two turnovers thus far in his collegiate career.
- The Dukes' 12 three-pointers were their most since hitting 13 in a 90-84 win at Elon on Feb. 26, 2018.
- Junior Antanee Pinkard turned in crucial minutes, hitting his first JMU three-pointer, drilling an important one from the left corner to cut the Dukes' deficit to 56-55 with 10:41 to play in the game.
- Saturday marked the fourth time in just seven games that senior Stuckey Mosley has hit four three-pointers in a game.

UP NEXT
The Dukes will close out the MABC Oakland Hoops Classic on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 25), tipping off against Oral Roberts at noon.