HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Sophomore forward Dwight Wilson erupted for 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead James Madison on Thursday evening, as the Dukes held off a charge from Drexel to pick up a 71-69 win over the Dragons in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes (11-15, 4-9 CAA) pounded the ball inside throughout the contest, hitting 26 of their 41 shots (63.4 percent) from inside the three-point line, ending up with a 56.6 percent (30-of-53) clip from the field on the night and scoring 46 points in the paint to Drexel's (12-15, 6-8 CAA) 36, despite the Dragons pulling down 17 offensive rebounds.
Wilson led the charge in a career evening, going 9-of-11 from the field and dominating the paint across 34 minutes without a foul. The sophomore posted 12 points and 10 boards in the second half alone, recording his fifth double-double of the season.
Three other players joined Wilson in double figures, with senior guard Stuckey Mosley adding 15 points and sophomore guard Matt Lewis and freshman guard Deshon Parker chipping in 11 each. Parker racked up 10 in the opening period alone, adding four assists, three boards and two steals on the night.
After taking a nine-point lead into halftime, the Dukes pushed their advantage to as many as 14 in the second half, continuing to lead by a 66-54 margin with 5:14 to play.
Drexel went on a run late, however, cutting things to 69-68 with 10 seconds left before getting an offensive rebound out of bounds on an intentionally missed free throw while facing a 71-69 deficit with 0.8 seconds to play. The Dukes swallowed the ensuing in-bounds play, however, not allowing a shot attempt before the horn sounded to seal the victory.
Alihan Demir lead the way for Drexel, racking up 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while James Butler notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"I'm thankful we got home in this one. Every week in this league, you run up against challenges like this. We're going to continue to keep challenging these guys and pushing them. We want these guys to keep working and fighting and believing and that's what they're doing."
- The Dukes' victory pushed JMU's home winning streak against the Dragons to seven consecutive victories, dating back to the 2011-12 season.
- Senior guard Stuckey Mosley notched 15 points on the night to reach 1,040 for his career, moving into 28th all-time at JMU. Mosley passed Roger Hughett (1975-79; 1,037) and now sits just 15 points behind his head coach Louis Rowe (1993-95; 1,055) in 27th.
- Sophomore guard Matt Lewis blocked a pair of shots on the night, matching his season and career high.
- Drexel marks the most common opponent for Head Coach Louis Rowe, who has gone 5-3 against the Dragons in eight games across three seasons.
- Prior to the game, the Dukes recognized senior Stuckey Mosley with a commemorative basketball in honor of his becoming the 31st player in JMU history to score 1,000 points as a Duke.
The Dukes will remain at home for the weekend, capping the homestand with an 8 p.m. matchup against Delaware on Saturday, Feb. 16. On Thursday evening, the Blue Hens picked up a 78-71 win at Towson in double overtime to improve to 16-11 (8-6 CAA) on the season and keep sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.