Stanford rallies to knock off JMU men

Wells scores 29 in losing effort for Dukes

Staff Report
JMU sports: www.jmusports.com

Jeremy Green scored all of his 15 points during the second half as Stanford rallied for an 80-76 non-conference men’s basketball victory over turnover-plagued James Madison Tuesday.

JMU scored the game’s first nine points and was in front 36-34 at halftime before the host Cardinal led for much of the final period.

Green attempted only two shots during the opening period but hit for seven field goals, including a three-pointer, during the second half.

Green was among four Stanford players to reach double figures in scoring, and the Pacific 10 Conference Cardinal took advantage of 26 JMU turnovers and a 19-12 edge in offensive rebounding. Stanford collected 15 offensive rebounds during the second half and out-rebounded the Dukes 24-14 overall during the final period. JMU had had a 24-11 rebounding edge during the initial half.

Stanford went in front to stay 62-60 on a Green layup with 5:30 to play. The bucket started an 8-0 run that put the Cardinal up 68-60 with 2:38 remaining, and the lead was 75-66 with 35 seconds left before JMU sophomore forward Julius Wells (Toledo, Ohio/Libbey) hit on three field goals from three-point range during the final 28 seconds.

Wells’ final three-pointer came the buzzer, and the final score was as close as the Dukes were at any time during the game’s last four minutes.

Wells finished with a game-high 29 points, and junior forward Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Dukes. Wells had five three-pointers, all during the second half, and scored 23 points after halftime. Bowles hit on eight of nine shots from the field and on six of six free throws. His scoring-rebounding “double-double” was his third straight. He has averaged 24.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in four JMU games beginning Dec. 12.

Stanford, behind nine points from Green, outscored JMU 20-11 to take a 54-45 lead with 10:42, but the Dukes rallied to tie the score at 58-58 and at 60-60 before the Cardinal’s decisive 8-0 burst.

Wells got the Dukes to within 54-48 and 56-52 on three-pointers at 10:30 and at 9:04, and two Bowles field goals and a Wells basket pulled JMU into the 58-58 tie.

A Green jumper gave Stanford the lead 60-58 at 6:57, and Bowles tied the score at 60-60 with 5:49 before Green put his team in front to stay.

JMU shot 51.9 percent overall (28-54) and 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point range while Stanford shot 40.0 percent overall (28-70) and from three-point range (6-15).

Freshman guard Darren White (Danville, Va./Dan River) joined Wells and Bowles in double figures in scoring for JMU.

Landry Fields, who entered the game with a 23-point scoring average, had 24 points and nine rebounds for Stanford. He had 15 first-half points but only one field goal – a three-pointer – during the final half. He hit on five free throws during the final 24 seconds.

JMU returns to Colonial Athletic Association play Saturday (Jan. 2) in a 4 p.m. game at Northeastern. The Dukes will play at home for the first time during the new year Monday (Jan. 4) in a 7 p.m. game against league foe Delaware.

  

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is now available at a special pre-sale discounted price of $20. The book is expected to ship by May 15, 2019, and expected to retail for $25.
Pre-order for $20: click here.


The book, with additional reporting by Scott Ratcliffe and Zach Pereles, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
 
augusta free press

Shop Google


Comments

%d bloggers like this: