ROCHESTER, Mich. - Sophomore forward Dwight Wilson posted his second double-double of the year on Friday afternoon, but Oakland used an efficient second half to hand James Madison a 77-69 loss in the Men Against Breast Cancer Oakland Hoops Challenge at the Blacktop at the O'Rena.
The Dukes (4-2) cut a seven-point halftime deficit to five early in the second half, but Oakland (2-3) would go on to shoot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field in the second half, hitting six of 12 three-pointers to push the lead to as much as 15 before closing things out.
Wilson scored 11 of his 15 points before halftime in the contest, pulling down 12 boards on the day to match his career high for the fourth time in six games this year. The sophomore added a career-best three assists and a steal while turning it over just once across 38 minutes.
Senior guard Stuckey Mosley racked up a game-high 25 points, going 10-of-20 from the floor and hitting four three-pointers, while sophomore Zach Jacobswent for a career-high 14 points, adding eight boards, a block and a pair of assists across 31 turnover-free minutes.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"Tough one for us. We just need to get more consistent on the offensive end and take care of the ball better. We're still a little sped up in the half court and we need to cut down on the turnovers that come with that. I'm encouraged by our fight, but we need to clean some things up before a tough matchup tomorrow."
- James Madison racked up 40 points in the paint on Friday, the most the Dukes have tallied against a Division I opponent this season.
- The Dukes posted 20 assists on the afternoon, the most since a Nov. 29, 2017 loss to George Mason and tied for the most of any game under Head Coach Louis Rowe.
- Freshman guard Deshon Parker tallied four assists in 22 minutes without committing a turnover, giving him 18 assists to two turnovers on the year.
- Oakland hit 15 of its 17 free throws in the contest, good for an 88.2 percent clip.
The Dukes will get right back into the action, continuing the MABC Oakland Hoops Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 24, when they tip off against Northern Illinois at noon. On Friday, the Huskies trounced Oral Roberts, 87-66.