HARRISONBURG, VA – Senior forward Rayshawn Goins kickstarted James Madison early and the Dukes did the rest, scoring 29 points off 21 turnovers and holding UNCW to a season-low 27.5 percent shooting in a 78-50 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball romp Wednesday night at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes snapped a two-game losing streak and evened their record at 8-8 overall, 2-1 in the CAA. The Seahawks slid to 5-10 and 0-3.
Goins, a 6-6, 265-pound wide body from Cleveland, Ohio, led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 3-3 at the charity stripe. Senior guard A.J. Davis added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and freshman guard Andre Nation chipped in 12 points.
Senior forward Keith Rendleman was the lone Seahawk in double figures for the fourth time this season with 17 points. He finished just 5-of-14 from the field with only three rebounds on his stat line after averaging a double-double.
“We felt good going into the game and we started the game 8-0, but we had many more opportunities to score in transition,” said third-year UNCW skipper Buzz Peterson. “I felt like we lost the game by not finishing those opportunities. We also had too many turnovers that turned into points on the other end.
“JMU has a lot of weapons that can hurt you. They’ve had some injuries and other issues and they have a good basketball team when they’re all on.”
The loss was the 15th in a row on the road for the Seahawks going back to last January and the ninth straight road defeat this season. The 27.5 percent shooting aim was also the lowest in Peterson’s three seasons.
After a strong start, the Seahawks cooled off quickly and wound up connecting on just 14-of-51 field goals on the night, including 3-of-15 from long distance. JMU, meanwhile, was around 50 percent most of the night and ended up at 49.2 percent on 30-of-61 from the floor.
UNCW jumped on JMU in the opening minutes and scored the first eight points of the contest for an early 8-0 advantage. Rendleman’s jumper on the right baseline had the Seahawks out of the gate with an eight-point outburst.
With Goins leading the way, JMU regrouped and reeled off nine consecutive points in the front end of a 15-1 run to take control. Goins scored seven of the nine points in the front half of the run and a dunk by A.J. Davis capped another spurt to five JMU a 15-9 edge at 9:40.
Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams then scored on a layup and Rendleman added a pair of buckets to tie the game at 15-all with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half.
JMU, however, closed out the final eight minutes of the half by outscoring the Seahawks, 23-6, to take a comfortable 38-21 advantage into the break. Goins had 14 points and Davis scored 11 in the opening 20 minutes and 14 turnovers in the first half dug a deep hole early for Buzz Peterson’s club.
UNCW continued to misfire early in the second half, missing its first nine field goal attempts, as JMU opened the final period with a 10-3 run to expand the lead to 48-24. The Dukes enjoyed their largest lead of the game with 3:49 remaining when reserve guard Arman Marks swished a three-pointer on the left wing for a 77-40 bulge.
The Seahawks return to Trask Coliseum to open a two-game homestand Saturday with a 2 p.m. televised matchup with George Mason. The Dukes entertain preseason CAA favorite Drexel on Saturday at 4 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks are now 33-30 lifetime against the Dukes…UNCW stands 10-17 all-time at the Convo….Buzz Peterson is now 4-17 on the road in the CAA since taking over the UNCW program three years ago…The Seahawks are in a stretch of three games in eight days…The Seahawks are 2-5 against JMU head coach Matt Brady…JMU ended up with just nine turnovers…JMU outscored UNCW in the paint, 40-18…Four of UNCW’s five starters had at least three turnovers each…UNCW’s starting guards went 4-of-24 from the field…UNCW won the rebounding battle, 38-26…It was UNCW’s fourth straight loss in Harrisonburg.