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Dukes stymie Princeton en route to upset

James Madison’s defense turned Princeton’s 62 percent first-half shooting into 16 percent in the second half while rallying from a 20-point first-half deficit to record a 65-64 win on Monday night in the Harrisonburg Subregional of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic at the JMU Convocation Center.

JMU improved to 2-1 and won its home opener while Princeton fell to 1-2. Earlier in the day, Bucknell (2-3) defeated Presbyterian (1-3) by a final count of 71-47.

Senior forward Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) was nearly unstoppable throughout the night for the Dukes with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. He hit 11-of-14 field goals, 7-of-9 free throws and added four blocks and two assists in 38 minutes. His two free throws with 28 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winning points.

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