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JMU roundup: Spiders hold off Dukes


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Visiting Richmond (5-4) held off James Madison (3-4) in the final minutes to post a 70-66 win in women's basketball on Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

Spiders junior guard Kristina King scored a career-high 29 points, and junior guard Becca Wann came off the bench to contribute career highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds.

JMU was led by senior guard Tarik Hislop with 22 points. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder scored 14, and freshman guard Precious Hall came off the bench for a career-high 11 points. The Dukes' top rebounder was sophomore forward/center Crystal Ross with 10, one below her career high.

Richmond scored 11 unanswered points, seven of them from King, to build an eight-point lead (23-15 at 6:42) in the first half. The Spiders led by as many as eight (38-30 at 17:28) in the second half, but the Dukes kept hanging on until a late 14-6 JMU scoring run gave the home team a 61-60 lead with 2:44 remaining.

Hislop and freshman guard Angela Mickens scored all of JMU's 14 points during that stretch, with Hislop scoring eight and Mickens six. The scoring spurt began with a Mickens three-point play at 7:11.

But Richmond redshirt senior guard Rachael Bilney knocked down a 3-pointer at 2:26 to give the Spiders the lead for good, 63-61.

JMU missed its next seven field-goal tries, and the Spiders began a series of trips to the foul line, where they converted seven of eight free throws in the final 57 seconds. King was 4-for-4 and freshman guard Lauren Tolson hit three of four tries. Meanwhile, the Dukes' only points came on two foul shots by Hislop with 17.6 seconds left and a 3-pointer by Hall with 5.1 seconds to play.

Saturday

Men's basketball

James Madison 71, Winthrop 61

Redshirt senior forwards Rayshawn Goins and Andrey Semenov poured in 19 and 17 points, respectively, as host James Madison pulled away in the second half for a 71-61 victory over Winthrop in a non-conference men's basketball game at the JMU Convocation Center.

JMU snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 2-5 while winning its first game at home. Winthrop fell to 2-4.

The Dukes led 34-28 after a back-and-forth first half and maintained a lead between six and 10 points for the first five minutes of the second half before pulling away.

Madison held a 42-34 advantage at the 15:28 mark when the Dukes embarked upon a 12-0 run to essentially clinch the victory with a 20-point lead. Goins had six of his 19 points during the run, which started with a transition alley-oop dunk from senior guard Devon Moore to freshman guard Andre Nation).

The Eagles countered with a quick 8-0 spurt of their own and cut it to 10 at 58-48 with 4:47 to go. The Dukes built the margin back to 15 before Winthrop again crawled back with Andre Smith's deep trey making it 67-59 with 44 seconds left. JMU hit all four free throw attempts in the final minute to put away its 71-61 triumph.

Goins tallied his 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds. Semenov poured in 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in his return from injury, having played just two minutes in the season opener at UCLA. He connected on a 3-pointer just nine seconds after checking in and went 6-for-11 from the field.

Nation poured in nine points, four rebounds, a team-high six assists and two steals. Moore tallied nine points, four boards, five assists and a career-high four steals.

Smith led all players with 26 points for the Eagles, including a 4-for-6 showing from long distance. Gideon Gamble added 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting.

After opening the game 3-for-16 (19 percent) from the floor, JMU went 20-for-34 (59 percent) the rest of the way. That included a 55 percent (11-for-20) showing in the second half. The Dukes attempted just five threes after the break after going 4-for-14 (29 percent) in the first half.

Both teams committed 19 turnovers in the game. Winthrop shot 42 percent from the floor but attempted 14 fewer free throws as JMU was 20-for-26 (77 percent) while the Eagles were 10-for-12 (83 percent).

JMU began the first half holding Winthrop scoreless for the first four minutes, however the Eagles responded to tie it up at 9-9 and later went on a 9-0 run to pull in front 18-11.

Trailing 21-13, the Dukes embarked upon their own 8-0 run, capped by a Semenov 3-pointer in transition to tie the score at 21-21. After a Gamble 3, JMU rattled off another seven unanswered points with a three-point play by Charles Cooke giving Madison a 28-24 advantage. The Dukes took a 34-28 lead into the break for their largest lead of the half.

In his first action since two minutes in the season opener at UCLA, Semenov had 10 points in the first half with Goins adding nine. Smith and Gamble each had 11 for Winthrop. JMU opened the half hitting just three of its first 16 attempts from the field (19 percent) but heated up to finish at 40 percent for the period.

JMU plays its third of five straight games at home on Wednesday with a 7 p.m., game against East Tennessee State.



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