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The Colonels (3-1) will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season this weekend during the EKU Hoops Invitational, presented by Geneva Financial, at McBrayer Arena.

EKU is set to take on the University of Albany at 7:30 p.m. today, and is scheduled to face Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. Monday.

The event will also feature a match-up between Albany and EIU on Wednesday at noon.

The Colonels opened the season with three-straight wins and had a seven-point lead on Tuesday against James Madison (3-0) at McBrayer.

The Dukes, however, got a putback basket with seconds left and picked up a 79-78 win.

Jannson Williams had a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. He also pulled down five rebounds and blocked three shots. The transfer from Marshall is 22 points away from scoring his 1,000th as a college basketball player.

Devontae Blanton finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists. He made 7-of-11 from the field.

EKU’s 11 steals against JMU led to 19 turnovers by the Dukes.

As a team, the Colonels shot just 40 percent from the field against James Madison.

EKU leads the ASUN with an average of 87.8 points per game.

Albany is 0-3 this season with losses to Towson (77-56), La Salle (67-64) and Harvard (60-53).

De’Vondre Perry, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, leads the team with an average of 14.3 points per game and is also the team leader with 6.0 rebounds per contest. He has hit on 55 percent of his shots from the field.

Matt Cerruti, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, averages 10.7 points per game and has a team-high six three-pointers (6-for-13).

As a team, the Great Danes are averaging 57.7 points per game and shooting 39 percent from the field.

Albany has made just 28 percent of its shots from behind the three-point line.

The Great Danes are averaging 17.3 turnovers per game and their opponents have hit on 44 percent from the field.

The game will mark the first-ever meeting between Albany and EKU.

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