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JMU roundup: Hislop's 3-pointer lifts Dukes

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Senior guard Tarik Hislop hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to boost James Madison University (8-7, 1-1) to a 68-65 win over Northeastern (9-5, 2-1) in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

JMU won for the fifth time in its last six games and the Dukes won at home for the fourth time in their last five outings.

Northeastern saw its winning streak end at three games.

Hislop's game-winner came after Huskies junior forward/center Jewel Tunstull tied the game at 65-65 on a layup with 32.9 seconds remaining.

Junior guard Kirby Burkholder led JMU with 20 points, all scored in the second half, and 10 rebounds for her sixth career double-double. She connected on 6-of-10 attempts from 3-point range.

Hislop scored 19 points and increased her career total to 1,498. She moved into sixth place on JMU's all-time scoring list, passing Shanna Price (1999-2003), who scored 1,496.

Northeastern's Tunstull finished with game highs of 23 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Northeastern led for most of the first half, was up by many as six points on three occasions and entered halftime ahead 28-26.

Two free throws and a 3-pointer by Burkholder helped the Dukes claim a 31-30 lead at the 16:17 mark of the second period. But over the next eight minutes the lead changed hands eight times and was tied on four occasions before JMU pulled out to an eight-point (64-56) advantage with 3:30 remaining.

The Dukes outscored the Huskies 18-8 in a span of 6:37 to take that lead. Burkholder hit two 3's and JMU got four points each from redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey and sophomore forward Toia Giggetts.

But Northeastern responded by outscoring JMU 9-1, a run that began with two free throws by Huber with 3:15 to play. Tunstall scored five of the nine, including a putback at 2:05 and the tying basket at 32.9.

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