William & Mary - JMU preview

William & Mary - JMU preview
February 5, 2013, 9:45 pm
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 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Following a home victory over Hofstra on Saturday, the William and Mary men's basketball team travels to James Madison for its only game of the week on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg. It will be the first meeting between the two rivals this season.

News and Notes
- James Madison leads the all-time series with W&M at 45-37, but the Green and Gold has won 13 of the last 19 meetings. The teams split contests last season with each winning on its home court.

- Junior forward Tim Rusthoven registered a double-double in four of the last six games, averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game over the stretch.

- As of Feb. 4, the Tribe ranks second in the CAA in field goal percentage (.449), assists (13.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking third in scoring (67.8). The College leads the league and ranks 12th nationally in defensive 3-point percentage (.286).

- Senior guard Matt Rum is two assists shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history with 200 career assists and two 3-pointers from being the 17th Tribe player with 100 triples made.

- Over the last three games, W&M is allowing just 60.3 points per game, while holding foes to 40.1 percent shooting from the floor.

Scouting James Madison
James Madison enters the game with W&M at 13-11 overall and 7-4 in CAA play. The Dukes were on a four-game winning streak, including three at home, before suffering a 74-63 loss to George Mason on Feb. 2.

The Dukes rank third in the CAA in scoring defense at 64 points per game, but have been even better in CAA play. In league games only, JMU leads the conference in scoring defense (56.7 points per game) and field goal percentage defense (37.6 percent). Overall, the Dukes are first in the CAA in steals per game (7.8), while ranking second in blocked shots per contest (4.7) and turnover margin (+1.75). In league games only, JMU is second in rebounds at nearly 37 per game and third in rebounding margin at +1.5. The Dukes average 64.4 points per game, while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from 3-point range.

Senior Rayshawn Goins leads JMU in scoring at 13.8 points per game, which ranks 14th in the CAA. He is sixth in the league at 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 44 percent from the floor, which ranks 10th in the CAA. Senior Devon Moore is the catalyst of the Duke offense, averaging 10.7 points per game, while ranking second in the CAA in assists, 4.1 per game, and assist-to-turnover ratio, 1.7. Moore scored a career-high 25 points in JMU's loss to Mason. Freshman Andrew Nation is one of the top rookies in the CAA, ranking third among league freshmen in scoring at 9.1 points per game, which is also 27th in the CAA. He is also a standout defender, ranking eighth in the CAA in both steals (1.5) and blocked shots (1.3) per game. Senior A.J. Davis averages 8.5 points per game, which ranks 30th in the CAA, while hitting 1.3 3-pointers per game.

The Dukes lead the all-time series with the Tribe at 45-37, including a 21-13 advantage in Harrisonburg. W&M has won three of the last four contests between the two schools, including a 68-61 win over JMU in Williamsburg last season. James Madison claimed a 57-49 win over the Tribe in the teams meeting in Harrisonburg in 2012.

Chairman of the Boards
Junior forward Tim Rusthoven has been a force on the glass for the Green and Gold this season. He currently leads the Tribe and ranks seventh in the CAA in rebounding at 7.7 per game. He has led the Tribe in rebounding on 14 occasions this season, including a career-high 16 against Hofstra on Feb. 2. The 16 rebounds were the most for a Tribe player since David Cully hauled in 26 during a Tribe victory over VMI on Jan. 17, 1996 and the fifth most for a W&M player since 1973. At his currently rate, Rusthoven's 7.7 rebounds per game would be the highest rebounding average for a Tribe player since David Cully pulled down 9.8 rebounds per game in 1996 and the eighth-best average since 1973. Rusthoven ranks sixth in the CAA in defensive rebounding (5.0) and seventh in offensive rebounding (2.7). In CAA games only, he is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the league.

Rum Close to Joining Select Group
Senior guard Matt Rum is close to a pair of career milestones that would put him among a select group of Tribe players. The Baltimore, Md., native is just two assists short of 200 for his career and two made 3-pointers away from 100. He would become just the 10th player in W&M history with 200 assists and 100 made 3-pointers in his career. The list of Tribe players with 200 assist and 100 3-pointers in a career includes David Schneider (2007-10), Randy Bracy (1996-99), Nick D'Antoni (2002-05), David Cox (1992-95), Nathan Mann (2005-08), Laimis Kisielius (2005-08), Jim Moran (1998-01), Greg Burzell (1986-89) and Matt Verkey (1993-96). Overall, Rum will become the 22nd player with 200 career assists and the 17th with 100 career 3-pointers.

Thornton Scoring in Bunches
In each of the Tribe's first 21 games of the 2012-13 season, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton has scored in double digits, including eight 20-plus point performances. Overall, Thornton has scored in double digits in each of the Tribe's last 23 games dating back to last season. He currently leads the team and ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring at 18 points per game, a number that also ranks 49th nationally (as of Feb. 3). Thornton's scoring average is the 17th-best single-season mark in W&M history and the best since Adam Hess averaged 20.3 points per game in 2004. His eight 20-point games this season rank fourth in the CAA. Thornton also ranks among the top 15 in the league in six other statistical categories. He leads the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.8), ranks second in minutes played (36.2), third in 3-point field goal percentage (40.6 percent), seventh in free throw percentage (80.7 percent), 10th in assists per game (2.9) and 14th in field goal percentage (42.8 percent).

Cutting Down on Turnovers
The Tribe has done a better job of protecting the basketball over the last seven games. Over the stretch, the Green and Gold is turning the ball over just 9.9 times per game and registered 10 or fewer turnovers on five occasions. Conversely, the Tribe averaged 14.1 turnovers per game and had just one game of 10 or fewer turnovers in the first 14 contests of the 2012-13 campaign. The Tribe has been even better over the last three contests turning the ball over just 8.3 times per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7 (43/26).


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