JMU men's basketball rallies in second half to beat Towson

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- James Madison turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a nine-point win on Saturday afternoon, outscoring Towson by a 46-27 margin after the break on its way to a 74-65 victory in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes (9-9, 2-3 CAA) locked in for the final period, hitting 12 of 22 (54.5 percent) shots from the field while holding Towson to just 35.3 percent (12-of-34) shooting and just one three-pointer on nine attempts. After getting outrebounded by 10 in the first half, JMU also held a 20-14 advantage on the boards after halftime.

Sophomores Matt Lewis and Darius Banks led the charge for the Dukes on the evening. Lewis racked up a game-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Banks posted his first double-double of the season and the second of his career, going for 22 points and 11 boards, while picking up three assists and a steal.

Sophomore Zach Jacobs racked up an eye-popping six blocks on the evening, tied for seventh-most in program history and the most since Denzel Bowles tallied six against George Mason on Jan. 22, 2011.

JMU established the second-half tone immediately after the break, ripping off a 13-1 run to open the period with their first lead of the game at 41-38. Towson went back on top with a pair of baskets, but the Dukes would respond with seven straight points to go up 48-43 with 10:57 to play and would not allow the Tigers back in front for the remainder of the contest.

Towson would tie things at 55-55 with 4:03 left, but JMU would again respond scoring the next nine points in a row, putting the game out of reach with a 64-55 lead and just 1:53 to play.

"We're tired, but we're still fighting. We worked really hard tonight and battled back for a big win against a really physical team. These guys are seeing what it takes to win in the league week in and week out and we know we have to keep working."

- Freshman guard Deshon Parker continued his solid play, hitting a pair of three-pointers on his way to seven points and a career-high six rebounds.
- Senior Stuckey Mosley tallied just five points, but hit a first-half three-pointer to give him at least one in all 18 games this year and in 21 straight contests dating back to last season.
- With the win, Head Coach Louis Rowe improves to 4-1 against Towson in his tenure at the helm of the Dukes.

The Dukes will hit the road this week for a pair of road contests in the CAA, opening the trip with a matchup at Delaware at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. On Saturday afternoon, the Blue Hens dropped a 71-58 decision at College of Charleston to fall to 12-7 (4-2 CAA), but still sit in sole possession of second place in the league.