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The James Madison University women's basketball team rallied from 15 points down to win 68-63 at William and Mary in Colonial Athletic Association action Sunday afternoon at William and Mary Hall.
JMU upped its overall record to 14-7 and its CAA mark to 8-1 as the Dukes maintained sole possession of second place in the league standings. JMU posted its 11th victory in its last 12 games.
W&M, which saw its winning streak end at three games, is 5-15 overall and 3-6 in the CAA.
Freshman guard Precious Hall led the Dukes in scoring with 19 points, one below her career high. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder had her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds and also had a team-high four assists and a game-high three steals. Senior guard Tarik Hislop also scored in double figures with 12, and sophomore forward Toia Giggetts added nine points and tied for game rebounding honors with 10.
W&M senior forward Emily Correal was the game's top scorer with 28 points, 12 of which came at the foul line where she connected on 12 of 13 attempts. Junior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu was the only other W&M player in double figures in scoring with 10; she led the Tribe with eight rebounds.
The Tribe netted 19 unanswered points to build a 21-6 lead with 11:30 to go in the opening half. Matthieu began the run with back-to-back 3-pointers and scored eight of her team's points.
JMU, however, mounted a comeback, outscoring W&M 21-6 over a span of 7:19 to tie the game at 27-27 with 3:33 remaining.
But with the game tied at 31-31 with 1:24 to play, W&M tallied the final five points of the half to take a 36-31 advantage into intermission.
With W&M up 42-39 with 15:36 to play, the Dukes scored the game's next 17 points, gaining a 56-42 lead with 10:15 remaining. Burkholder scored eight and Hall five during the run, which gave the Dukes a lead they would not relinquish.
The Tribe did get as close as four, 58-54, with 6:23 to play, after scoring nine straight points. Correal tallied seven of those nine. However, JMU scored the next six points, and W&M got no closer than five the rest of the way.
HARRISONBURG - George Mason's outside-inside junior tandem of guard Sherrod Wright and forward Jonathan Arledge poured in 22 and 19 points, respectively, in a 74-63 victory over James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
JMU saw its four-game overall winning streak snapped to fall to 13-11 overall, 7-4 in the CAA. The Dukes had a six-game home winning streak halted while dropping to 8-3 at the Convo. GMU improved to 13-9 overall and 6-4 in the CAA after snapping a two-game skid.
Wright, the fourth leading scorer in the CAA, collected his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. He was 11-for-12 at the free throw line as part of an overall 23-for-26 (89 percent) effort for the Patriots at the stripe. Arledge was 7-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-5 at the line for his 19 points to go with six rebounds.
Senior guard Devon Moore tried to will the Dukes to the home victory with a career-high 25 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including 2-for-4 from the arc. He also had five assists and four rebounds. Fellow senior Rayshawn Goins totaled 13 points and nine rebounds.
Free throw success proved key in the game. While the Patriots missed just three of their 26 attempts on the day, the Dukes struggled to a 60.7 percent clip (17-for-28).
JMU had identified a formula for success during its four-game winning streak, holding opponents to 48.2 points per game and 33.7 percent shooting while also leading its opponents by an average of 13 rebounds per game. However, Mason shot 49 percent for the afternoon with 74 points scored and a 35-25 lead on the glass.
The Patriots grabbed the early lead with an 11-0 run to start the game and never trailed the rest of the way. Five times in the final eight and a half minutes JMU cut the deficit within three points or less but GMU had the answer on its next possession in each instance.
With the Dukes trailing 56-49 with 7:26 to go, Moore converted a three-point play and connected on a three-point field goal to make it a one-point game at 56-55. However, the Patriots reeled off the next five points with a layup by Arledge and a three-point play by Wright.
Madison answered again as a pair of free throws by freshman guard Charles Cooke, a Moore layup and a layup by freshman guard Andre Nation cut it to one for the second time. This time two free throws by Arledge and one by Corey Edwards built the advantage to four.
The score stood at 65-62 with 2:27 to go when a Mason turnover led to another chance for the Dukes to tie the game, but Moore's missed three led to a breakaway for the Patriots. A flagrant foul on a layup attempt against JMU led to a four-point possession for Mason with two free throws and a layup by Arledge. With those points included, the visitors scored nine of the game's final 10 points to pull away for the 11-point win.
JMU turned it over four times in the early minutes of the game to help Mason build its 11-0 lead out of the gate. However, the Dukes recovered to post 10 of the next 12 points with threes by Goins and Moore to make it 13-10 at the 14-minute mark.
The Patriots responded to build the margin back to seven at 19-12 at the 10 minute mark with Wright posting nine of his team's 19 points. From there, the Patriots continued to keep the Dukes at bay to take a 32-27 lead into the break.
Mason shot 46 percent in the first half, including 3-for-4 from the arc, while also going 7-for-7 at the line. The Patriots led rebounds 20-11 in the period and limited JMU to 36 percent shooting, 3-for-12 from the arc.
Wright had 11 for the Patriots in the half while Goins and Moore each had nine for the Dukes, who got no points from their four freshmen in the half.
JMU closes its stretch of five out of six games at home with Wednesday night's home contest against William and Mary at 7 p.m.
Swimming and diving
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Senior diver Kimberly Helfrich placed first in both diving events to highlight a dominating performance for the James Madison University diving team in the Bucknell Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa., Saturday.
JMU finished first and second on both boards and added a third-place showing on the three-meter board. The diving events were the only events the Dukes participated in on Saturday.
Helfrich scored a 295.05 to blow away the field on the one-meter, beating sophomore teammate Alex Savage by 17.05 points. Savage finished second with 278.00 points. Freshmen Carly Alexander and Lauren Hadley claimed eighth and ninth, respectively. Alexander scored a 224.80 while Hadley totaled 219.60.
Helfrich, Savage and Alexander claimed the top three spots in the three-meter board, with Helfrich placing first. She scored a 297.40, more than 20 points ahead of Savage in second. Savage scored a 276.55 and Alexander added a 258.90. Hadley finished 12th (201.45).
The JMU swimming and diving team heads to Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 15-16 for the UVA Cavalier Invitational in the final tune up before the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.