The Dukes dropped a house contest to Norfolk State final night time. After rallying to ship the sport into additional time, JMU managed to hit solely B of H photographs from the sector and fell seventy four-seventy one. The loss left JMU at S-H on the season. Norfolk State however, moved to N-H. The Spartan’s Jeff Short led all scorers with a profession greatest 30 factors. Jackson Kent and Yohanny Dalembert led the best way for the Dukes with 17 and 15 factors respectively. JMU has now misplaced O of its final A contests.
That’s the distinction between each groups second half capturing percentages. After a strong opening 20 minutes by which they hit 50% from the sector, the Dukes managed to shoot simply 32% within the second half. Things continued to worsen as the sport continued, with JMU hitting solely thirteen% within the additional interval. Norfolk State however was OK within the opening half, however lights out after the break. The Spartans managed to hit sixty one% of their subject objectives within the second half. Here is the apparent kicker, that’s excellent for Norfolk State and really dangerous for JMU. Teams don’t win loads of video games once they can’t hit the aspect of a barn they usually let their opponents principally hearth away at will.
Two Schools of Thought
On one hand, you possibly can say that this loss doesn’t actually matter within the grand scheme of issues. The CAA is a one bid league in each sense of the time period. There are some gifted gamers within the convention, however based mostly on what we’ve seen up to now the title race shall be a race to see who can maintain barely larger than mediocre play over the course of a weekend in Baltimore (Ed. notice: the CAA ought to make that its convention tourney slogan.) In that sense this out of convention video games imply little or no and actually function nothing greater than a heat up for CAA play.
On the opposite hand, this schedule appeared tailor made to let the Dukes iron out a number of kinks, rack up a bunch of wins, and hit CAA play brimming with confidence. The opener towards UVA (a workforce that appears scary by the best way) was a legit check, however in any other case the calendar has been full of winnable dates. Some people may complain concerning the lack of massive identify groups, however there’s one thing to be stated for inexperienced groups enjoying a schedule like JMU’s. Of course the good thing about such a schedule kind of goes out the window when a group drops video games to the likes of ECU, High Point, and Norfolk State.
So right here we're. Again. Matt Brady is trying to fill holes left by departing gamers. He’s acquired some younger, however uncooked expertise on the roster, and some gifted upperclassmen who've but to succeed in their potential. The staff has proven that it may possibly win video games when enjoying its greatest. It additionally has proven that it might go to sleep throughout video games, forgetting to play protection and searching misplaced on offense. We’ve seen this film earlier than. It’s just one recreation and there’s no cause to surrender hope. We’d simply like to see a bit of extra consistency from this staff. The Dukes have to deal with enterprise towards the weaker groups on their schedule and play to their potential towards the higher ones. They’ll get an opportunity to bounce again and check themselves towards a superb subsequent Monday when 12-P Valpo involves city.