Dukes Knock off First-Place College of Charleston

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison roared out to a 17-point first-half lead on Saturday evening, then held off a hard-charging College of Charleston team to lead wire-to-wire in a 69-58 win over the first-place Cougars in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes (8-9, 1-3 CAA) stormed out of the gate, hitting 15 of their 23 first-half shots (65.2 percent), including seven of their 10 three-pointers, to take a 43-26 lead at the break. JMU would hold Charleston (13-3, 2-1 CAA) to just a 38.8 percent (19-of-49) clip from the field on the game to snap its five-game losing streak.

Sophomore Darius Banks continued his run of stellar play to lead the Dukes, racking up 21 points in an efficient 7-of-12 shooting performance that saw him hit four of his five three-pointers, while adding seven boards, three assists, two steals and a block.

Three other players joined Banks in double figures, with senior Stuckey Mosley and sophomore Matt Lewis adding 13 points and sophomore Dwight Wilson notching his fourth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dukes fought off a second-half charge, as Charleston reeled off 14 straight points across 4:22 midway through the second half before Mosley buried a three from the corner to push the lead back to 55-50. Charleston wouldn't get closer than four the rest of the way, as JMU held the Cougars to just 1-of-10 shooting from that point on to close out the win.