Dukes leaning on dynamic duo of sophomore guards

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison men's basketball program is working towards a resurgence with sophomore guards Matt Lewis and Darius Banks serving as cornerstones for the Dukes.

Lewis and Banks joined JMU in the same recruiting class and have made a major impact during their short time in Harrisonburg. Lewis (15.6 ppg) ranks second on the team in scoring while Banks is third (13.8 ppg). Senior guard Stuckey Mosley leads JMU in scoring with 15.7 points per game.

The sophomore tandem has helped JMU to a 9-9 record in 2018-2019 after the Dukes won just 10 games total in each of the previous two seasons.

"Every time we go on the court as a team we want to show people we are the best and we compete with anybody in the country," said Lewis.

Lewis and Banks combined to start 45 games as freshmen in 2017-2018 with Lewis scoring 14.5 ppg and Banks chipping in 10.2 points per contest.

The two players are key pieces to the puzzle as third-year head coach Louis Rowe looks to engineer a program turnaround at JMU.

"Knowing that I am going to build my program around those two guys and to see how they have come together and how similar they are on the court and how much they pull for each other and how much they want to win and be apart of what we are building, it's really, really special," said Rowe.

Lewis and Banks will look to lead JMU to its third straight conference win when the Dukes travel to Delaware for a 7 p.m. tip-off Thursday night.