William and Mary collapsed on the road Thursday night, falling to host James Madison 92-50. Senior guard Jazmen Boone led the College with 16 points; no other player scored more than eight.
The Dukes (16-2, 7-0 CAA), the Colonial Athletic Association pre-season favorite, shot 43 percent from the field and 57 percent from deep en route to 92 points — a season-high output. Meanwhile, the College (7-11, 1-6 CAA) failed to gain any offensive traction.
A 26-point first-half effort was followed by a 24-point second-half performance. Low shooting percentages highlight the Tribe’s night-long struggle — all told, the College hit 34 percent from the field, 18 percent from deep and just 57 percent from the line.
James Madison enjoyed double-digit performances from four players: junior Precious Hall (25), senior Lauren Okafor (18), junior Ashley Perez (16) and junior Jazmon Gwathmey (12). All but one of the Dukes scored.
The College scored first and enjoyed a two-point lead for nearly two minutes to open the game. James Madison then gained and never relinquished the lead, working to build a game-high 44-point advantage late in the second half.
The deficit did allow 13 Tribe players to see action, however, as head coach Ed Swanson adjusted on-court lineups in hopes of igniting a spark. Boone stood out in the midst of the team’s poor shooting night. The senior captain finished with 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting, including four rebounds and three assists.
The College returns to Kaplan Arena Sunday, facing conference foe Hofstra for a 2 p.m. tip-off.