UH to face cold Dukes, hot McLinton tonight

by Dominic Corva

Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston Cougars look to improve their 5-6 nonconference record against struggling James Madison today at 6:30 p.m. in JMU's Convoca-tion Center in Harris-onburg, Va.

The Dukes (5-16) are led by 5-11 senior guard Darren McLinton, who is one of the nation's top scorers, pouring in 21.2 points per game. But he was held to just 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting in JMU's 55-41 loss to North Carolina-Charlotte Saturday.

The Dukes have juggled their starting lineup extensively this season. McClinton is the only player to have started all 21 games.

"The starting lineup is usually unknown until tipoff," said JMU Sports Information Director Gary Michael.

McLinton leads the Dukes in scoring, minutes (36.9 a game), free-throw percentage (89.3), assists (59) and steals (34).

Freshman shooting guard Eugene Atkinson leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 per game, and he's only 6-5; junior swingman Charles Lott has the only other scoring average in double digits with 13 a game.

"James Madison is big and strong," Houston coach Alvin Brooks said. "McLinton is about as tough and talented as they come."

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