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HARRISONBURG -- Senior point guard Devon Moore went 8-for-8 at the foul line in the final 45 seconds as part of a 13-point, 10-assist night to lead James Madison past Towson 75-70 in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game on Tuesday night at the JMU Convocation Center.
JMU improved to 15-12 overall and pulled into a third-place tie with Towson in the league standings at 9-5. TU fell to 14-13 overall and had a four-game winning streak snapped.
After trailing by three at the break, Towson took control in the early minutes of the second half and gradually built its lead to as large as seven points at 47-40 with 12:41 remaining. The Tigers still led by seven at 50-43 at the 10:50 mark when the Dukes made their push.
A jumper by senior forward Rayshawn Goins and a steal and layup by freshman guard Charles Cooke jump-started an 11-2 run for James Madison. After two free throws by Towson's Marcus Damas, freshman guard Andre Nation connected on a 3-pointer and Moore added a fas-tbreak layup to tie the score at 52-52. Two free throws by Nation gave JMU its first lead since the 18:27 mark.
A jump shot by Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon was followed by another 3-pointer by Nation. However, a layup by Mike Burwell and two free throws by Bilal Dixon gave the Tigers a 58-57 advantage with five minutes to play.
It proved to be the last lead for the visitors. Moore managed to tip in his own missed layup to regain the lead for the Dukes for good. Goins hit two free throws to extend the lead to three, and freshman guard Ron Curry delivered the pivotal shot, a 3-pointer from the right side to make it 64-58 with 2:38 remaining.
With the six-point margin, JMU never gave Towson a look at a tying basket. Towson cut its deficit to four with 48 seconds left, three with 39 seconds left and two with 28 seconds left, but each time Moore came through with two made free throws on the ensuing opportunities at the free-throw line. He was 8-for-8 at the line in the final 45 seconds while JMU was 9-for-10 as a team to pull out the 75-70 home win.
Moore posted his second double-double in three games, but just the third of his career, with 13 points and 10 assists to go with three steals and three rebounds. His two first-half steals each led to momentum-building, fas-tbreak alley-oop assists while his last came with 16 seconds left and a four-point lead to all but clinch the win. He also played the final nine minutes with four fouls.
Three other Dukes reached double figures led by senior guard A.J. Davis with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting along with four rebounds. Nation matched his third-best output of the season with 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting. Goins added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Damas led Towson with 19 points. He scored the first seven points of the half for the Tigers to single-handedly put the visitors in front after trailing by three at the break. Two Towson interior players had double-doubles, with Bilal Dixon posting 13 points and 13 rebounds while Benimon added 12 points and 13 boards. Mike Burwell also contributed 13 points.
After defeating second-place Towson, JMU will take on the new second-place squad, Delaware, on Sunday as the Dukes close the season with three of their last four on the road. The game will tip at 7:30 p.m.
JMU 68, Old Dominion 56
NORFOLK -- Senior guard Tarik Hislop scored 22 points, 18 of them in the second half, to lead James Madison (16-8, 10-2) to a 68-56 win at Old Dominion (16-8, 7-5) in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball Tuesday evening at the Constant Convocation Center.
The Dukes remained in second place in the CAA, just ahead of Drexel (9-2), who was idle Tuesday night.
Hislop scored 12 points in a 14-5 run that gave the Dukes an insurmountable 63-51 lead with 2:28 remaining.
JMU outrebounded the Monarchs 54-38, with sophomore forward Toia Giggetts snaring a career-high 17 along with 10 points. The Dukes outscored ODU 34-26 in the paint and scored 20 points off turnovers.
JMU freshman guard Precious Hall scored 15 points and had a game-high four steals, and redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey added nine points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Women's field hockey
HARRISONBURG -- James Madison field hockey head coach Antoinette Lucas announced the signing of Colleen Andrews to a national letter of intent Tuesday.
"We signed Colleen Andrews because of her talent and work ethic," Lucas said in a news release. "We felt that Colleen would go through a brick wall for her teammates and would do everything possible to positively contribute to our team's success. We expect Colleen will compete in the backfield for us. She is a smart player and capable of making quality decisions. I believe that Colleen will adapt quickly to the pace of Division I hockey. She has competed against the best junior players in the nation within the U.S. Field Hockey developmental programs, which should help her transition to Division I play."
Andrews joins Madison out of Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster, Pa. As a senior, she was team captain and earned First Team All-State. She was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Defensive MVP as well as First Team All-League. Nationally, Colleen is a two-time Futures Elite selection and was named a Future Elite Championship athlete. She participated in the AAU Junior Olympics and was a four-year player on Sutter's Brigade and Simply Select club teams.
Andrews joins a team that went 11-8 overall and 4-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Dukes return 10 starters and only graduate three players from the 2012 team that reached the CAA semifinals.