HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Sophomore forward Dwight Wilson posted career highs in points and rebounds on Monday evening, powering James Madison to an 82-59 win over Bridgewater in non-conference men's basketball action at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes (3-0) shot 55.9 percent (33-of-59) from the field on the night, including a blistering 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) clip in the second half, building off the momentum of a 22-3 run across the final 6:40 of the opening half that put JMU up by a 42-23 margin at the break.
Wilson erupted for 18 points and 12 boards, respectively setting and matching his new career bests, going 7-of-11 from the field and hitting four of his five free throws in just 22 minutes. Sophomore Darius Banks scored 15 points and senior Stuckey Mosley added 14 to join Wilson in double figures.
All told, the Dukes outrebounded Bridgewater by a 43-29 margin, forcing 12 turnovers out of the Eagles to mark the third time JMU has forced double-digits turnovers in as many contests to open the year.
QUOTING COACH ROWE
"Credit to Bridgewater; they came out and took it right to us. They came out with a lot of energy and came at us. It's always good to get a win, but we found a lot of things that we need to improve on."
- Sophomore forward Greg Jones pulled down eight boards on the evening, including three on the offensive end, to set a new career best, while junior Antanee Pinkard grabbed six to set his own career high.
- With the victory, the Dukes are 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.
- Sophomore forward Zach Jacobs tallied a career-high three blocks on the evening.
- Freshman guard Matthew Urbach scored the first basket of his collegiate career late in the second half, driving for a tough layup with 22 seconds to play.
The Dukes will hit the road for another Friday night matchup this week, traveling south to face Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. at Dale F. Halton Arena. JMU will be looking to improve to 4-0 for the first time since starting 8-0 during the 1981-82 campaign.