NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison erased a 12-point Hofstra lead on Sunday afternoon, but fell behind late as the top-seeded Pride pulled away late to hand the Dukes a hard-fought 76-67 defeat to close their 2018-19 campaign in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals at North Charleston Coliseum.
The Dukes (14-19) shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the field and hit six of their 11 (54.5 percent) threes, but saw Hofstra hit 50 percent of their shots on either side of halftime and connect on four of seven (57.1 percent) long-range shots in the second half to hold JMU at bay.
Sophomore guard Matt Lewis racked up 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting to lead the Dukes, scoring his 1,000th career point along the way. Lewis becomes just the second sophomore in program history to reach 1,000 points, joining Sherman Dillard (1973-78), who would go on to score 2,065 career points, in those honors.
Sophomore guard Darius Banks ended his season in style, joining Lewis in double figures with 15 points while adding a season-high 12 boards to post his third career double-double. He also closed the season with a 49.3 percent (37-of-75) clip from three, setting a new program record for single-season accuracy.
After falling behind by 12 late in the first half, the Dukes used 13-4 run that spanned across halftime to cut the deficit to 39-36 at the 18:09 mark. Hofstra pushed the lead back to seven before a 10-3 JMU run tied things up at 49-49 with 11:43 left.
The Pride responded immediately, however, going on a 13-2 run of their own to open up an 11-point lead that the Dukes couldn't quite recover from. Nonetheless, the Dukes used buckets from Banks and senior Stuckey Mosley to score seven straight and make it 64-61 with 3:01 to play, but would get no closer as Hofstra hit seven of its eight free throw shots in the final minute to seal the contest.
The Dukes limited CAA Player of the Year Justin Wright-Foreman to 5-of-16 shooting on the day, but senior forward Jacquil Taylor his all 11 of his shots on his way to a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead the Pride.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"This was a typical game. These guys believed they could win. We got down 12, regrouped and got back into the game. They stayed together and continued to fight. Progressing through a tournament is a process and having that experience is invaluable. We just have to go to work this summer and we're looking forward to that."
- In his final game at JMU, senior Stuckey Mosley hit his 95th three-pointer of the season, tying him for the third-most in a single season in program history.
- Freshman Deshon Parker tallied three assists, giving him 100 on the season and making him just the fifth freshman to ever rack up 100 in their first collegiate season.
- Sophomore Darius Banks picked up three more steals on Sunday, giving him 56 on the season, second-most in program history.
- Sophomore Matt Lewis became the 32nd player to score 1,000 points at JMU.