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JMU roundup: Last-second shot lifts Dukes


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NEWARK, Del.- Senior point guard Devon Moore's lob to freshman guard Andre Nation with one second left lifted James Madison to a 72-71 victory over Delaware in a key Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game Sunday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

JMU improved to 16-12 overall and climbed into a second-place tie in the CAA with Towson at 10-5. UD, which entered the night in second place, had a three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 14-13 overall and 9-5 in the CAA, a half game back of JMU and Towson.

The Dukes took their first lead since halftime with four and a half minutes to go but then went quiet. A three-point play by Delaware guard Devon Saddler made it 70-69 with three minutes to go. From there, the game turned into a back-and-forth frenetic pace highlighted by turnovers and missed shots in traffic for both teams.

Following an empty drive by Moore, Saddler sprang open for a fastbreak layup to put the Blue Hens in front, 71-70, with 23.6 seconds remaining. JMU turned to senior forward Rayshawn Goins, who drove from the top of the arc but had his contested layup come up empty.

UD forward Jamelle Hagins was fouled on the rebound of Goins' miss with eight seconds left but kept the door open for the Dukes by missing the front end of the one-and-one opportunity. Goins again tried to put up a shot in traffic at the rim but had it swatted out of bounds with 1.0 seconds on the clock.

After going scoreless for four minutes and one second, Moore lofted the ball to the rim to find Nation skying for the soft layin with 0.6 seconds left. A full-court inbounds pass for Delaware went out of bounds to clinch the JMU win.

Moore finished with 19 points and four rebounds while the lob gave him six assists on the evening. Goins posted his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. He had difficulty getting his shots to fall, going 4-for-18 from the field, but converted all 10 opportunities at the charity stripe.

As a team, JMU was 10-for-21 from the arc (47.6 percent). Senior guard A.J. Davis added 16 points off the bench and went 4-for-8 from the arc. Freshman guard Ron Curry contributed nine points off the bench by going 3-for-4 from outside.

Saddler had a game-high 23 points for Delaware to go with eight rebounds. Guard Kyle Anderson had 16 points and Jarvis Threatt added 12. Hagins had six points and 11 rebounds.

JMU forced 14 turnovers for a 16-5 advantage in points off turnovers. The Dukes shot 36 percent for the game, but took advantage of the opportunities form the arc and also went 16-for-20 (80 percent) at the free throw line.

Madison overcame 11-point deficits in both halves, trailing 13-2 in the early minutes before taking a 38-36 lead into the locker room as well as trailing 53-42 in the second half before fighting back for the win.

Delaware started the second half outscoring JMU 18-5 to take the 54-43 lead at the 13:50 mark. However, JMU fought back from there with a 14-4 run to pull within one at 58-57 and tied it at 60-60 on a three-pointer by Moore. UD went back in front 66-62 before JMU went on an 8-0 run to go up 70-66 and set the stage for the final minutes of play.

The Blue Hens held a 42-35 advantage on the glass, but JMU actually led offensive rebounds 13-12 for a 21-16 margin in second-chance points.

Delaware grabbed the quick lead following the opening tip, jumping out to a 13-2 advantage in the first six minutes. However, JMU started to chip away at the lead, cutting it to 15-10 just three minutes later. Madison tied the game at 22-22 on a three-point field goal by Curry at the 6:30 mark and took its first lead on a three by Davis to make it 25-24. The Dukes continued to expand to as large as six and took a 38-36 lead to the locker room.

Goins led JMU with 11 in the first half while Davis added 10. Saddler had 13 for the Blue Hens. Both teams cashed in at the charity stripe with the Dukes 9-for-11 (82 percent) in the half and Delaware 12-for-15 (80 percent).

With just three games remaining on the league slate, JMU will finally play its first matchup against CAA-leading Northeastern on Wednesday evening. A win by the Dukes would pull them within one game of first place while also claiming the tiebreaker. The game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Women's basketball
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., -- James Madison University held off a second-half Hofstra surge, and the visiting Dukes posted a 68-60 win in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.

JMU improved to 17-8 overall and solidified its second place in the league standings with an 11-2 record. Hofstra dropped to 12-12 overall and 8-5 in CAA play.

Dukes senior guard Tarik Hislop scored a game-high 24 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, to lead JMU.

JMU sophomore forward Toia Giggetts contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, and redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey added 10 points. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder was JMU's top rebounder with 12, and redshirt senior forward Kanita Shepherd tied her career high with a season-high 10 rebounds.

Hofstra senior forward Shante Evans and sophomore guard Andreana Thomas led the Pride in scoring with 16 points apiece, and senior forward/guard Candace Bond scored 11. Junior forward Anma Onyeuku grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, and Evans finished with 14 rebounds.

It was a tale of two halves, as JMU limited the Pride to 23 percent (8-35) shooting in the opening period while the Dukes connected on 44 percent (16-36) of its field-goal tries. The Dukes took a 39-21 lead into intermission.

However, the Pride outscored JMU 39-29 in the second period, when Hofstra connected on 47 percent (16-34) from the field while the Dukes only converted 24 percent (8-33) from the floor.

With JMU leading 51-35 after a Gwathmey fast-break layup with 13:05 to play, the Dukes went 0-for-12 from the floor while Hofstra outscored JMU 19-1 over a span of 7:13. An Onyeuku layup with 4:54 left gave the Pride its first lead of the game, 53-52.

After Hislop knocked down a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, Oneyku connected on a long jumper to tie the game at 55 with 4:06 to play.

JMU outscored the Pride 13-5 in the final 2:57 to pull away for the win. The Pride was 2-for-8 from the field in final last four minutes, and after JMU took a 61-57 lead on a Shepherd layup with 1:26 left, Hofstra was forced to foul The Dukes converted seven of eight free throws in the last 45.1 seconds to clinch the victory.

Baseball
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- After James Madison University rallied with five runs in the top of the ninth for the lead, Coastal Carolina answered back with two runs without the aid of a hit in the bottom of the ninth to claim an 8-7 decision in a non-conference baseball game on Sunday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field.

CCU improved to 2-0 while JMU closed its opening weekend at 0-2.

All eight Coastal Carolina runs were scored by players who reached via free bases as JMU limited the Chanticleers to just five hits but issued six walks, hit three batters, delivered a wild pitch and had three costly errors.

JMU faced an early 6-1 deficit but sophomore left-hander Aaron Hoover kept the Dukes in the game with shutdown relief. The Dukes trailed 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth before rallying for a big inning.

A dropped fly ball and a walk put two on and a single by junior first baseman Matt Tenaglia loaded the bases with one out. Junior Conner Brown and senior outfielder Cole McInturff walked to bring in a pair of runs and cut the deficit in half. Junior pinch hitter Tyler Gregory lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 6-5. A single to right center by senior shortstop Casey Goss completed the comeback for a 7-6 JMU lead.

However, three errors by the Dukes in the bottom half of the inning erased the rally. After the first batter reached via an error, another error on the bunt attempt put two on with no outs. This time the bunt moved both runners into scoring position and an intentional walk loaded the bases to set up the force at home. However, the Dukes tried to turn the double play on a grounder to second and the throw got away to allow two runs to score to decide the game in Coastal's favor.

Seth Lamando surrendered the go-ahead hit to JMU but was the benefactor from the CCU rally to earn his first win. Starter Ben Smith worked five innings and allowed two runs, one earned on six hits.

Sophomore Chris Huffman was the tough-luck loser for the Dukes after allowing the two unearned runs and no hits in 1 1/3 innings. The loss wasted a dominant relief outing by Hoover. He escaped the second three-run inning by the Chanticleers in the second and went on to face one batter over the minimum for 5 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits and walked a batter but benefited from two double plays and struck out two.

Goss finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Senior second baseman Bradley Shaban and Tenaglia each had two hits. Brown finished with two RBIs, a hit and two walks.

Catcher Will Remillard was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for CCU. Shortstop Brian Pruett had two RBIs.

The Chanticleersr took advantage of early wildness from JMU starter Michael Howerton to build a sizable lead at 6-1 after two innings. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases with one out in the first before Will Remillard brought in the first run on an infield single. Pruett's two-run double bumped the lead to 3-0.

JMU earned one back in the fifth as Goss singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Shaban's RBI single.

However, CCU answered with another three spot in the second. After two outs on three pitches, two walks and a hit batter again loaded the bases. This time Remillard doubled through the left side off of Goss' glove to make it 5-1. A wild pitch added the sixth run.

JMU's second run came in the fifth on an RBI single by Brown.

JMU returns to Harrisonburg to play 18 of its next 19 games at home at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park. The home opener is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m.




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