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JMU roundup: Richmond tops JMU

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Richmond guard Kendall Anthony converted one of two free throw attempts with 4.7 seconds left to pull out an 83-82 overtime win against James Madison University in a non-conference basketball game Saturday night at the JMU Convocation Center.

UR won its fourth game in a row, three against Colonial Athletic Association schools, to improve to 8-2. JMU had won consecutive games before falling to 3-6 overall.

JMU rallied from a late six-point deficit to tie the game in regulation and again fought from behind to overcome a four-point deficit with 1:49 to go in overtime. Trailing 82-78, senior guard Devon Moore hit a layup to cut the deficit in half.

Richmond turned the ball over and Moore hit 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled to put the Dukes within a point at 82-81. On the miss of the second attempt, Moore ended up with a steal off a Richmond rebound and again hit 1-of-2 free throws to knot the game at 82-82 with 20 seconds left.

On Richmond's final possession, Anthony made a move towards the left side of the lane and made contact in the air with JMU senior guard A.J. Davis. After missing the first attempt, Anthony converted the second for the 83-82 lead with 4.7 seconds on the clock.

Following a JMU timeout, Moore pushed the ball up the court but had the lane cut off. He dished to Davis, whose long fadeaway attempt from the arc bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Moore finished with a team-high 19 points for JMU to go with five rebounds, five assists and four steals. His layup at the 3:06 mark of the first half made him the 26th player in JMU history to surpass 1,000 points, and he moved into the top 25 all-time with 1,016.

Three other Dukes reached double figures with senior forward Andrey Semenov posting 18 before fouling out late in regulation. Davis added 13 points while freshman guard Ron Curry tallied a career high with 12.

JMU concludes its five-game home stretch following a one-week hiatus for final exams. The Dukes return to the Convo on Dec. 16 to host UNCG in a 2 p.m. contest.



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