Dukes squander first-half lead, fall at Towson

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TOWSON, Md. -- Towson shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half on Saturday evening as James Madison dropped a 66-59 decision to the Tigers in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball at the SECU Arena.

The Dukes (10-15, 3-9 CAA) took a 30-26 into halftime against a physical Towson (9-16, 5-7 CAA) team, but saw the Tigers hit 15 of their 26 shots after the break, including five of 10 three-pointers. After forcing seven turnovers in the opening period, JMU forced just one in the second half.

Senior guard Stuckey Mosley led the way for the Dukes with 14 points that included a quartet of threes, while sophomore guard Matt Lewis added 13 and sophomore guard Darius Banks chipped in 11 on 5-of-9 shooting.

JMU kept Towson off the boards for the most part, winning the rebounding battle by a 39-31 margin and limiting the Tigers to just three second-chance points off five offensive rebounds.

The Dukes led 30-23 with 3:25 to play in the first half, but Towson bridged the two halves with 11 straight points to go up by four less than five minutes into the second period. JMU would retake the lead briefly at 39-36 and force four more ties, but the Tigers responded with eight straight points and would lead the remainder of the way.

Brian Fobbs racked up a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting and a 4-7 clip from behind the arc to lead Towson on the day, adding five rebounds and a pair of assists in a complete performance.

"We're still looking for a complete 40-minute game. To start the way we did was great, but we got away from the way we wanted to play in the second half and it let Towson control the game and get rolling. You can't do that on the road in this league and expect to win many games."

The Dukes return home this week for a pair of crucial bouts at the Convo, welcoming Drexel (Feb. 14; 7 p.m.) and Delaware (Feb. 16; 8 p.m.) to the Convocation Center on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.