FAIRFAX, Va. -- George Mason used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to put James Madison in a hole it couldn't climb out of, handing the Dukes a 66-53 loss in non-conference men's basketball action at EagleBank Arena on Friday evening.
The Dukes (7-5) held Mason (5-6) to just 38.3 percent (23-60) shooting from the field on the evening, including a glacial 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) performance from the three-point line, but the Patriots forced JMU into 16 turnovers on the contest and pulled away late to seal the win.
Senior guard Stuckey Mosley led the offense for the Dukes, racking up 20 points, while sophomore guard Matt Lewis tallied 18 points to go with a season-high eight boards and three assists on the evening.
After going into the break trailing by three, the Dukes rallied after halftime to take a 36-34 lead at the 15:53 mark, but Mason immediately rattled off seven straight points to take the lead for the final time, pushing the lead into double-digits with 8:33 to play and never trailing by fewer than nine for the remainder of a chippy second half.
Senior guard Otis Livingston II led Mason with 21 points, while junior Justin Kier posted a double-double with 16 points, 11 boards, six steals and four assists.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"We just have to execute better. Credit to George Mason tonight, but we just had too many turnovers and too many missed opportunities. We played really good defense tonight against a good team, but we have to clean up the offensive side of things."
- In just 44 games at James Madison, senior guard Stuckey Mosley has racked up 39 double-digit performances, including 16 games of 20 or more points.
- The Dukes held Mason to just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) shooting beyond the arc, the best such defensive performance since allowing a 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) night to Hofstra on Feb. 25, 2017.
- Sophomore forward Zach Jacobs tied or broke career highs in assists (3), steals (2) and blocks (3) on the evening, blocking three shots for the fourth time this season.
- Sophomore guard Matt Lewis pulled down eight boards, setting a new season high and tying his career high, set against Hofstra on Feb. 23, 2013.
The Dukes will have nearly two weeks off, due to exams for the fall semester. JMU will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 20, as it makes the trek up to New York to face Fordham in a 7 p.m. matchup that will close out the Dukes' non-conference schedule for 2018-19.