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Eagles Fall To JMU In Exhibition Game

Cameron Williams passes the ball against JMU.
Cameron Williams passes the ball against JMU.

HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison outscored Bridgewater College 22-3 over the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 42-23 lead at the break and the Division I Dukes went on to defeat the Eagles 82-59 in an exhibition game Monday evening at the Convocation Center.

Bridgewater fell behind 4-0, but a 9-1 run gave the Eagles a 9-5 lead with 16:17 left in the first half. A layup by Davrion Grier put the Eagles on the board before JMU's Greg Jones made 1-of-2 at the foul line for a 5-2 Dukes lead. Ken Stanciel worked inside for a bucket and Grier scored again from the paint to put the Eagles up 6-5. Chandler Murray then knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 9-5.

A 3-pointer by Stuckey Mosley pulled the Dukes to within a point, but Grier worked the lane for another bucket and an 11-8 Eagles lead with 15:02 on the fist-half clock. After a free throw by JMU's Dwight Wilson, Murray hit again from long range, giving Bridgewater its biggest lead, 14-9, at the 13:33 mark of the opening half.

Wilson scored inside for the Dukes, but freshman point guard Jimmie Sanders turned a JMU turnover into an easy layup to put the margin back to five, 16-11.

The Dukes scored the next seven points to regain the lead before Cameron Williams converted an offensive rebound into two points to tie the score at 18-18 with 8:36 left in the half. Darius Banks scored on a tip-in for the Dukes, but Sanders hit two free throws to tie the score at 20-20 with 7:12 left in the half.

JMU then controlled play the remainder of the half to open up a 19-point lead. The Dukes reeled off 12 unanswered points before Williams scored inside for the Eagles, making the score 32-22 with 2:30 left in the half. 

The Eagles failed to score from the field the rest of the half and JMU scored 10 straight points to lead 42-22. Grier made 1-of-2 at the line with five seconds left in the half, making the score 42-23 at the break.

Bridgewater continued to battle in the second half and the Eagles were outscored by just four points, 40-36, over the final 20 minutes, resulting in the final 82-59 margin of victory for the Dukes.

The Eagles placed four players in double figures, led by forwards Stanciel with 17 points and Grier with 13. Bridgewater also received production from the backcourt as Sanders scored 11 points and Murray finished with 10. Sanders and Murray combined to make 5-of-11 shots from 3-point range.

Wilson led JMU with 18 points, followed by Banks with 15 and Mosley with 14.

The much taller Dukes held a 43-29 edge on the boards with Wilson grabbing 12 rebounds to complete his double-double. Stanciel led Bridgewater with eight rebounds and Williams added seven.

Bridgewater opens its regular season on Friday at the Eastern Mennonite Tip-Off Classic against Mount Aloysius. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.