Dukes Drop Senior Day Battle to William & Mary

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- Sophomore forward Dwight Wilson racked up 16 points and 15 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, but James Madison saw William & Mary pull away late as the Tribe handed JMU a 70-66 loss in both teams' Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball regular-season finale at the Convocation Center.

The Dukes (13-18, 6-12 CAA) took a pair of leads early in the second half and cut things to two with less than four minutes to play, but could not overcome a 60 percent (15-of-25) shooting performance from W&M in the second half. The Tribe hit all four of their threes in the final 10:09, including their last two in the last two minutes.

The loss dropped JMU into a tie for eighth in the CAA standings and they will enter next week's CAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed, facing No. 9 Towson in Saturday's first round at 4 p.m.

Wilson's seventh double-double of the season lead the way for the Dukes, as the forward went 7-of-10 from the field and pulled down six boards on the offensive end alone. The performance marked Wilson's second 15-rebound game in the last six outings, after going for 20 points and 18 boards on Feb. 14 against Drexel.

Sophomore guard Matt Lewis racked up 15 points on the afternoon, while senior guard Stuckey Mosley tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in his final game at the Convocation Center as JMU player.

Junior forward Nathan Knight racked up 29 points on the afternoon to pace William & Mary, while Justin Pierce added 14 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.

QUOTING COACH ROWE
"Not the Thursday-Saturday we were looking forward to coming into the week. We had opportunities in these games...but there's not a bad team in this league. Tonight, I think we brought the fight, but didn't take some opportunities. Now we just have to take things one at a time next week."

QUICK HITS
- Freshman Matthew Urbach continued to play strong minutes for the Dukes, hitting a trio of three-pointers across a career-high 21 minutes on his way to a career-best nine points and two rebounds.
- Sophomore guard Matt Lewis tallied 15 points on Saturday and now has 956 in his career, putting him just 44 points away from becoming just the second sophomore, and first since the program moved to Division I, in JMU history to score his 1,000th point. Sherman Dillard racked up 1,050 points across his first two seasons in Harrisonburg (1973-75).
- Prior to Saturday's game, the Dukes honored their two seniors from the 2018-19 season: guard Stuckey Mosley and forward Develle Phillips.

UP NEXT
The Dukes will travel to the CAA Men's Basketball Tournament next week, held in North Charleston, S.C. from March 9-12. Eighth-seeded JMU will open its tournament against No. 9 Towson on Saturday, March 9, with tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum.

The winner of that contest will take on top-seeded Hofstra at noon on Sunday, March 10.