Dukes rally late but fall in overtime to The Citadel

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison erased a 12-point deficit with seven minutes to play and got a career performance from sophomore forward Zach Jacobs on Tuesday evening, but dropped a hard-fought 91-82 decision to The Citadel in overtime in non-conference men's basketball at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes (4-1) played well defensively, holding The Citadel (3-2) to 41.7 percent (30-of-72) shooting, including just a 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) clip in the first half, despite the Bulldogs entering the contest as the highest-scoring offense in the country.

Sophomore Zach Jacobs posted his best performance in a JMU uniform, racking up 12 points and a staggering 18 rebounds, both career highs, en route to his first career double-double. His 18 boards are the most for any JMU player since Jeff Chambers pulled down 19 at Richmond on Feb. 3, 1992.

Although JMU entered the break with a 28-27 lead, The Citadel used a 21-4 run on either side of halftime to stake itself a double-digit advantage.

After going down 61-49 with 7:02 to play, the Dukes battled back to tie things up, getting three-pointers from freshman Deshon Parker and sophomore Darius Banks inside the final 2:10 before sophomore Matt Lewis got a tough layup to fall with 11.3 seconds left to force overtime.

In the extra period, Banks drilled another three on the first possession to put the Dukes ahead, but The Citadel would hit all five of its field goals and nine of its 12 free throws to outrun JMU.

Senior Stuckey Mosley also posted a double-double, the first of his JMU tenure, tallying 16 points and a career-high 11 boards to go with five assists, a block and a steal. Banks and Lewis joined the pair in double-figure scoring with 12 and a team-high 21, respectively.

QUOTING COACH ROWE
"There's no pity party for us. We need to get ready for the next one. We had an opportunity and we didn't step up to the plate and I really wanted it for these guys. We just have to get back to work; we didn't play a really good game and I'm not sure we've played one yet."

QUICK HITS
-Four Dukes had double-digit scoring nights: Matt Lewis (21), Stuckey Mosley (16), Darius Banks (12) and Zach Jacobs (12).
-Senior Stuckey Mosley and sophomore Zach Jacobs each had double-doubles in points and rebounds, marking the first time since a Jan. 16, 2016 win at Hofstra (Yohanny Dalembert, 16p/16; Shakir Brown, 22p/11r) that two players have recorded double-doubles in the same game.
- In addition to his double-double, Jacobs tallied three blocks, matching his career high from earlier this season against Bridgewater.
- Mosley and freshman Deshon Parker each had five assists on the night, marking season highs for both players.
- The Dukes' 54 rebounds marked the most for a JMU team since a 107-84 win over Marshall on Dec. 6, 2015.

UP NEXT
To close the week, the Dukes travel to Rochester, Mich. for the Men Against Breast Cancer Oakland Hoops Challenge. JMU will open the weekend against Oakland on Friday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. followed by Northern Illinois at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Dukes will finish out the Hoops Challenge against Oral Roberts at noon on Sunday, Nov. 25.