Dukes hold on for wild win over Old Dominion
Juniors Darius Banks, Matt Lewis and Zach Jacobs each scored at least 20 points as James Madison held off a furious Old Dominion charge on Wednesday night to pick up a big 80-78 victory at Chartway Arena in non-conference men's basketball.
JMU (3-2) led by as many as 15 late in the second half before the Monarchs (3-2) cut a 10-point advantage to one across the final minute. After Jacobs hit a free throw, ODU put up a straightaway running three-pointer that was waved off after the final horn, as the Dukes put the two-point win in the books.
Banks led the three players in double figures, putting together his best performance of the year so far in a 21-point, 10-rebound effort that saw him add five assists and four steals in his fourth career double-double. Lewis added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Jacobs chipped in as well with a career-high 20 points and four blocks.
On the evening, the Dukes fired on all cylinders from deep, hitting 13 of their 24 three pointers (54.2%) against a stout Old Dominion defense, while holding the Monarchs to 31.8% (7-of-22) shooting from behind the arc.
The Dukes led for the entirety of the second half after a back-and-forth opening period that saw them score the final six points before halftime to take a 37-32 lead into the break. ODU caught fire down the stretch though, erasing the JMU advantage by hitting 10 of its final 13 field goals as the Dukes struggled at the free throw line before the buzzer.
Xavier Green led ODU on the night with 19 points, while Malik Curry added 18 and Jason Wade posted 16 points and nine boards.