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The James Madison University women's basketball team (4-6) took an early lead and pulled away to a 65-49 win over American (5-5) on Friday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes got their first win after dropping three straight contests, while American saw its winning streak end at three games.
Freshman guard Precious Hall, in her first game as a starter, scored a career-high 16 points. She shared top game scoring honors with senior guard Tarik Hislop. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder finished with her second double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Dukes used an 11-2 run to pull out to a 24-13 lead with 8:32 left in the opening half. Redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey scored the first and last basket of the stretch.
The Eagles, however, ran off 10 unanswered points, the first eight by Arron Zimmerman, to close the margin to one, 24-23, with 4:32 left.
JMU scored the final five points of the half on a 3-pointer by Hall and a jumper by Hislop, and the Dukes opened the second half by outscoring AU 8-1. Hislop scored on a 15-foot jumper and Hall and Burkholder each knocked down 3's to put JMU up 37-24 at 18:09.
James Madison University redshirt senior Devon Moore was one of 85 student-athletes announced on Thursday as candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award as the top point guard in men's college basketball. The honor is handed out by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Moore, who was also on the watch list early in his sophomore season (2009-10), has elevated his production in recent weeks to begin his final season in strong fashion. Most recently, he was honored as CAA Player of the Week for pouring in 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a home win over UNCG. He was also honored for his performance by NetScouts and CollegeSportsMadness.
For the season, he leads the CAA with 4.7 assists per game, a pace that would top the JMU career assists record (463). He also ranks third in the league for assists/turnover ratio (1.57) and steals per game (2.2) and sits in the top 20 for scoring with 10.9 points per game. He has 15 steals over the last four games and has reached five assists in eight of 10 contests.
Moore was one of three Colonial Athletic Association representatives on the 85-player list.
This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around Jan. 1, final 10 near Feb. 1, and final five by approximately March 1. A premier selection committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.