GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Senior guard Stuckey Mosley banked home a running jumpshot from the left wing as the buzzer sounded on Friday night, lifting James Madison to a tense, 73-72 win over East Carolina in non-conference men's basketball action at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The Dukes (2-0) saw ECU chip away at an 11-point second-half lead until the Pirates (1-1) took a 72-71 lead on a layup with less than nine seconds to play. However, ECU missed the ensuing free throw, allowing JMU to call timeout.
Mosley took the inbounds pass behind midcourt with less than five seconds left and dribbled towards the left wing before pulling up in traffic and kissing a runner off the glass as the horn sounded to give the Dukes their first 2-0 start since the 2007-08 season.
The basket gave Mosley 16 points on the evening, while sophomore guard Darius Banks led the Dukes once again with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Banks stuffed the stat sheet again, adding eight rebounds and two assists, while tying the school record for steals in a game for the second time in as many contests with seven takeaways.
The Dukes outrebounded ECU by a 30-28 margin on the game, forcing 23 turnovers out of the Pirates, but giving the ball away 25 times. Junior Seth Leday led East Carolina with a game-high 21 points on the night.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"It's good to be on the other end of one of those. It was those guys battling. I'm thankful that we had the deep rotation that we had in this game with Zach [Jacobs} back able to play. We needed everybody tonight. I thought Stuckey was going to get a cleaner look at the rim, but Stuckey made a tough shot."
- The Dukes' 23 forced turnovers were the most in a single game for the program since forcing 23 in a 71-51 loss to Kent State on Dec. 6, 2011.
- Sophomore guard Matt Lewis tallied 11 points on the evening, marking his 20th consecutive double-digit scoring performance.
- JMU tallied 14 steals on the evening for the second game in a row, with both tallies marking the most by the Dukes under Head Coach Louis Rowe.
The Dukes will return home on Monday, Nov. 12, welcoming Bridgewater to the Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. tip. JMU will look to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.