Jan 15 / Rob

JMU Hoops Is Somehow in the Mix

jackson kentWhile we (and most of you presumably) were locked in on the football team, the Lou Rowe era got underway for JMU basketball. The Dukes played their way through the out of conference schedule in a way that was, um, uninspiring? They looked out of sorts and nothing like a team that was expected to be in the middle of the pack in the CAA. JMU managed to pick up only two wins, against lowly Longwood and Eastern Mennonite, prior to CAA play. This season had all the makings of a disaster.

But JMU has actually shown signs of life in league play. The Dukes are off to a respectable 4-2 start in the CAA. That’s good enough for 4th place in the league. Had Joey McLean’s late lay up attempt fallen against CofC, they’d probably be 5-1. To say this is a surprise after OOC play is a gross understatement. We didn’t expect them to win 4 league games all season after watching them play in November and December. But they’ve played pretty well and look like they’re starting to gel under Rowe. Last night, they played a strong game and earned a 60-59 win over Elon in the Convo.

Jackson Kent lead all scorers with 21 points. Yohanny Dalembert had his best game of the season with 15 points and a career high 17 rebounds. Paulius Satkus also chipped in 12. Here are 3 random numbers from the win.

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That’s the total number of field goals missed by YoYo and Satkus combined. Both players had very efficient games and took advantage of the scoring opportunities they were given. YoYo went 5 for 7 from the field and Satkus was 5 for 6. If you have two guys each hit double figures, despite only putting up 13 attempts, it’s a good night.

4

That’s the number of offensive rebounds Joey McLean had. Sure, it’s not an eye popping number, but it had McLean tied with YoYo for the game high. Keep in mind, he’s a point guard and he’s often the smallest guy on the court. He’s still got a bit to learn in terms of running the point, but you can’t question his effort. Every time I watch him play, I’m more impressed with his fearlessness in the paint. He manages to pull down big rebounds with smart positioning and more effort than anyone else on the court. The job he did on the boards yesterday was huge.

8.4

That’s how many points below his average, Elon’s leading scorer managed yesterday. JMU limited Steven Santa Ana to 5 points on 2 for 10 shooting. JMU played great defense, especially down the stretch. They made Elon’s shooters work for looks and challenged shots repeatedly without a flurry of bad fouls. YoYo had a particularly strong defensive series on the final play, closing out on the shooter on the wing and getting a hand in his face.

 

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  1. The Fly / Jan 18 2017

    Lou Rowe is not yet completely dead to me, although he seemed like a budget hire to bridge the gap to the new gym. I know we lost a lot in graduation. It seems as if there’s just not a lot of offensive firepower on this team, and that if the game is in the 60s we have a shot. Do we know how recruiting has gone so far?

  2. Rob / Jan 24 2017

    Just saw this now, so sorry about the delayed response. I’m no recruiting expert, but I like what I’ve read about the guys Rowe has signed already. First of all, they’re from VA, which is great. Brady never really established an in-state pipeline and I think that hurt. Second of all, Rowe signed a kid from the WCAC, which is one of, if not the, top H.S. leagues in the country. It’s the league W&M’s Marcus Thornton played in and it sends players to Top 25 programs year in and year out. If Rowe can even just start to clip the 2nd tier players from the league, it could make a difference in the CAA.

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