HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Elon used stretches of red-hot three-point shooting to hold James Madison at bay on Thursday evening, as the Dukes fell to the Phoenix in a 73-58 decision in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes (13-17, 6-11 CAA) led for just 2:35 on the evening, all within the first three minutes, before Elon (10-20, 6-11 CAA) took the lead for good with a 17-2 run that included the Phoenix' first three three-pointers of the night.
Sophomore guard Darius Banks led the Dukes in scoring on the evening with 15 points to go with six rebounds, pacing four JMU players in double figures. Sophomore forward Dwight Wilson tallied 12 points and five boards, while freshman Matt Lewis and senior Stuckey Mosley each added 10 points.
The Phoenix pushed the lead to as many as 14 before halftime and took that advantage into the break, staying hot in the second half to take a 61-38 lead with a pair of free throws at the 11:36 mark. The Dukes responded with 10 straight points from four different scorers, but the ensuing 61-48 deficit would be the closest JMU would get for the remainder of the contest.
Senior Steven Santa Ana paced Elon with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while senior Tyler Seibring added 18 points on six three-pointers.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"They kicked our butt tonight. They ran what they wanted to run. I thought we started well, but we didn't have that killer attitude and we can't walk down the ramp like that, period."
- Freshman guard Deshon Parker racked up a career-high eight assists on the night, the most by a JMU player since Ron Curry tallied eight in an 86-82 overtime win over Hofstra on Jan. 16, 2016.
- Sophomore guard Darius Banks went 3-for-5 on three-pointers, pushing his season percentage to 48.6 (35-of-72), which currently stands as the best mark in program history.
- Banks also tallied two steals, giving him 51 on the year, tied for the sixth-most in a single season at JMU.
- Sophomore Greg Jones drilled a pair of three-pointers on the evening, the first time in his career that he's made two in a single game.
1. Hofstra | 14-3 (24-6)
2. Northeastern | 13-4 (19-10)
3. Charleston | 11-6 (22-8)
4. William & Mary | 9-8 (13-16)
5. Delaware | 8-9 (16-14)
6. Drexel | 7-10 | (13-17)
7. James Madison | 6-11 (13-17)
8. Elon | 6-11 (10-20)
9. Towson | 6-11 (10-20)
10. UNCW | 5-12 (9-21)
The Dukes will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at home, welcoming William & Mary to the Convocation Center for a 4 p.m. matchup. The contest will be part of the Duke Dog Reading Day program.
Prior to the game, the Dukes will honor their departing seniors, Stuckey Mosley and Develle Phillips, in a pregame ceremony.