Harrisonburg, VA – Senior forward David Imes had 10 points and six rebounds for Hofstra but Rayshawn Goins had 16 points and six rebounds for James Madison to lead the Dukes to a 62-41 victory over Hofstra on Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
Goins scored 11 of his points in the opening 20 minutes to allow the Dukes to take a 30-24 halftime advantage.
Hofstra also got eight points and three assists from sophomore guard Taran Buie.
Hofstra drops to 5-16 and 2-5 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with the loss. It marked the Pride’s fifth straight defeat. James Madison won its fourth straight game and improved to 13-10 and 7-3 in league action.
The first four-plus minutes would see the two squads battle back and forth with the score knotted at seven following a three-pointer from Buie with 15:34 left in the first stanza.
JMU would answer with back-to-back field goals from Goins over the next two-plus minutes to lead 11-7 before Hofstra tied the score once again as a jumper from Buie and a dunk from Imes made it 11-11 with nearly ten minutes expired in the half.
At that point the Dukes scored five straight points and nine of the next 12 in the game to lead 20-14 with 5:59 to play. Goins has the last two field goals during the run.
James Madison opened its largest lead of the stanza at 28-20 with 2:12 left before a layup from sophomore forward Moussa Kone and two free throws from Imes brought the deficit back down to four for the Pride at 28-24 with 1:10 showing on the clock. Taylor Bessick would close the scoring in the half with 50 seconds left to account for the halftime score.
Senior guard Matt Grogan had a strong first half for Hofstra with six points, including two three-pointers. It marked his first made three-pointers since the Tulane game on December 22 and the first time he had hit multiple three-pointers since December 4 against Wagner.
Hofstra would close the gap to 30-29 to open the second half as they scored the first five points of the stanza and had the deficit at one following an Imes layup 3:11 into the second stanza.
That would turn out to be as close as the Pride would get though, as James Madison immediately answered with a 16-2 scoring run to give the Dukes a commanding 46-31 lead with 9:44 to play in regulation. Andre Nation had four points during the JMU run to pace a balanced attack.
In all Hofstra would go just short of five minutes without a point as the Pride went scoreless from the 14:34 mark (Imes layup) until 9:37 remained and Mejia hit one of two from the free throw line.
Hofstra would get as close as 12 the rest of the way but JMU managed to hold the Pride at bay the remainder of the contest on their way to the victory.
Hofstra returns to action on Saturday when it travels to William & Mary for a 12 p.m. game. That game will air on the MSG Network in the New York area.