The Winthrop Eagles were out to get revenge on the James Madison Dukes Wednesday night, who defeated the Eagles last season 71-61
Despite a rough first three minutes of the game, the Eagles were able to hold James Madison to a 12-point game, winning 69-57 at Winthrop Coliseum and advancing to 5-1, the Eagle’s best start since the 1980-81 season.
Junior Andre Smith was the night’s leading scorer with 13 points – four rebounds and three assists while senior Joab Jerome added 11. Tevin Prescott, the sophomore walk-on had 10 points, making this his fourth game in double scoring figures. Keon Johnson and Josh Davenport contributed nine a piece. Taylor Bessick and Charles Cooke scored 13 and nine for James Madison.
Winthrop shooting only 29 percent (9-31) in the second half gave James Madison the opportunity to cut the lead to 58-52 with just over four minutes left in the game. Jerome put three on the board and a series of free throws from Tevin Prescott gave the Eagles an eleven-point lead over the Dukes (63-52).
James Madison scored on their first three possessions of the game leading the Eagles 7-0. Prescott put Winthrop on the board with 16:45 left in the first half narrowing James Madison’s lead to 7-2. Smith put the Eagles in the lead 15-9, shooting three straight three-pointers. A field goal from Brandon Vega gave Winthrop the advantage heading into half-time, leading the Dukes 35-26.
Although James Madison had the height advantage Wednesday, the Dukes’ shortest player stood at 6 feet 4 inches tall, the Eagles were able to win the battle inside the paint at 28-26.
Winthrop was also able to lead on the other side as well with 11 steals in all, two of which came from Prescott and junior Larry Brown. James Madison was forced to turn over the ball 19 times.
In his second game of the season (after missing the first four games due to a knee injury), Keon Moore scored the winning basket making it a 12-point game in Winthrop’s favor with less than a minute left in the game, ensuring that James Madison would not be able to make a comeback.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Virginia Tech. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3.