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JMU roundup: Dukes fall to Blue Hens

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The James Madison University women's basketball team got closer to #20/23 Delaware than any other Colonial Athletic Association team this season, but the Dukes saw their winning streak end at eight games with a 71-64 loss to the Blue Hens on Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

The defending CAA champion Blue Hens held on to first place in the CAA as Delaware improved to 20-3 overall and 11-0 in league play. The Hens won their 15th straight game, but the seven-point margin was the closest for Delaware in a CAA game this season.

JMU's overall record is now 15-8 and its CAA mark is 9-2.

Attendance for the game was a season-high 3,787. That's the second-highest attendance ever for a JMU women's basketball regular-season game outside of the Duke Dog Reading Program promotional games. The highest attendance was 5,046 vs. Maryland on Dec. 20, 2007.

The game's scoring and rebounding leader was JMU junior guard Kirby Burkholder, who had her fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Dukes senior guard Tarik Hislop added 17 points and was the only other JMU player to score in double figures.

Senior All-American and national player of the year candidate forward/guard Elena Delle Donne led the Blue Hens with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and she finished the game as the fourth player in the last five years to break the CAA scoring record. Her 2,677 points pushed her past JMU's Dawn Evans ('11), who held the former CAA mark of 2,667.

Also in double figures for Delaware was senior guard Lauren Carra, who scored 19 points and hit 8-of-11 shots from the field, and senior guard Trumae Lucas with 12.

There were five lead changes and five ties in the opening half, but the Blue Hens finished off the period by outscoring JMU 6-3 in the final 1:20 to take a 37-34 advantage into intermission.

Leading 41-39 at the 18:31 mark of the second half, Delaware used an 8-2 run to pull out to its biggest lead of the day, 49-41 at 16:03. Delle Donne scored four of those eight, and her layup at 16:31 gave her the CAA career points record.

The Dukes were able to pull within two points on five occasions after that, the last at 65-63 with 2:56 to play. However, Delaware held JMU to a single point the rest of the way while scoring six points, four by Delle Donne on two free throws at 2:28 and on a baseline jumper as the shot clock expired with 26.6 seconds to go. During that span JMU was 0-for-5 from the field and got its only points on a free throw by Burkholder with 17.7 seconds to play.

Men's basketball
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Drexel limited James Madison to 12 first-half points and maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half in a 60-48 decision Sunday night in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Drexel improved to 10-14 overall, 6-6 in the CAA. JMU fell to 14-12 overall and d8-5 in the league to fall to fourth place in the conference standings.

Guard Frantz Massent led Drexel in a low-scoring game with 14 points while Derrick Thomas added 13. Damion Lee totaled nine points, six boards and three assists.

Freshman guard Charles Cooke netted a career-high 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go with six rebounds. Senior forward Rayshawn Goins added 11. Senior guard Devon Moore contributed 10 points, five boards, four assists and two steals.

The Dragons held JMU scoreless for 10 minutes in the first half and without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes to build a 23-12 advantage at the half, the second-lowest first-half total in program history.

Madison showed a quick burst out of the locker room to cut the margin to seven with four points in the first minute. However, after a 19-3 stretch in the first half by Drexel, the Dragons reeled off a 13-4 run in five and a half minutes of the second half to build their largest lead at 39-22 with 11:21 to play. JMU cut the margin to single digits just once with less than a minute to play.

Drexel shot 42 percent overall and 32 percent from the three-point arc. The Dragons went 14-for-19 (74 percent) at the charity stripe. JMU shot 38 percent for the game and find better success in the second half at 45 percent. The Dukes were just 4-for-18 (22 percent) at the arc and 8-for-15 (53 percent) at the foul line. DU held a 35-26 advantage off the glass.

JMU had good early energy on both ends and built a 9-4 lead in the first six and a half minutes. However, the Dukes went stone cold from the floor the rest of the half, hitting just one field goal in the final 13:30, a three-pointer by Andre Nation.

Drexel ran off 12 unanswered points before the Nation three and finished the half outscoring the Dukes 19-3 overall for a 23-12 lead at the break. JMU shot 28 percent in the half and went 1-for-7 from the arc. The Dragons shot 39 percent in the half.

JMU will have a quick turnaround with a 7 p.m. game Tuesday night at home at the Convocation Center against Towson. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic/New England), Comcast Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and The Comcast Network (Philadelphia).


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