JMU roundup: Foggie puts damper on Dukes in OT

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HARRISONBURG — Vanderbilt guard Christina Foggie hit a game-tying 3-pointer and assisted on the go-ahead layup 27 seconds later in the first overtime period to help the Commodores hold off James Madison for an 89-85 women’s basketball victory at the JMU Convocation Center on Wednesday.

The loss halts Madison’s three-game winning streak and drops it to 8-3 on the season. Vanderbilt won its sixth straight to improve to 9-2 on the year.

Trailing by three with 1:58 remaining in overtime, Foggie received a handoff on the left side of the court and pulled up for three to tie the game at 81. After a JMU turnover, Foggie found a cutting Heather Bowe for a layup that put the Commodores in front for good of a game that featured eight tie scores and five lead changes.

The Dukes were paced by junior forward Toia Giggetts, who had a career-high 25 points, including four of her team’s eight in the overtime session. She finished with a double-double with 14 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end, and two assists. Four other Dukes finished in double figures as senior guard Kirby Burkholder had 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Sophomore guard Precious Hall had 14 points while redshirt-junior center Lauren Okafor had 13 points, four rebounds and three blocks, and redshirt-sophomore guard Jazmon Gwathmey chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Foggie finished with a game-high 29 points to go with four assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal. Guard Jasmine Lister contributed 16 points, six assists and four rebounds and center Marqu’es Webb came off the bench to score 15 points and add eight rebounds.

The final minutes of regulation were thrilling as each time held the lead in the final two minutes. A pair of free throws by Giggetts with 2:16 remaining gave the Dukes a 71-70 lead, their first lead since midway through the first half. A little over a half minute later, Gwathmey extended the lead to three with a jumper in the paint, but Lister responded with a game-tying just 16 seconds later.

With 46 seconds to go in the second half, Webb rolled in a layup to put her team up two, but Giggetts drilled a pair of free throws to even the score with 34 seconds left on the clock. Foggie again put her team in front with a hard drive to the basket at the 18-second mark, but Giggetts was again able to tie the score as she pulled in an offensive rebound and stuck it back to send the game into overtime. The Commodores got a couple of good looks at the end of regulation, but could not get them to fall.

Each team shot well from the field as JMU put in 44.9 percent of its shots while Vanderbilt connected on 44.6 percent. Vandy was 8-for-20 from 3-point range for a 40 percent clip to just 25 percent for Madison. The Dukes held an 11-rebound advantage on the boards (46-35), including 18 offensive boards for 21 second-chance points. JMU also outscored Vanderbilt 36-30 in the paint, but were outdone in bench scoring 34-15.

The loss snapped JMU’s streak of eight straight wins when a game went into overtime. The last time the Dukes lost in a game that required extra time was on Jan. 28, 2010 in a 69-62 loss at home to Hofstra.

The Dukes take an 11-day break for the Christmas holiday before returning to the Convocation Center to host the JMU Invitational on Dec. 29. JMU welcomes in Ohio, Norfolk State and UMBC for the two-day, four-game tournament. It opens the event against Ohio at 2:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball

North Carolina-Greensboro 75, James Madison 63

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Host North Carolina-Greensboro went 8-for-11 from the arc in the second half and received 21 points from Nicholas Paulos and 20 from Kyle Cain to defeat James Madison 75-63 in men’s basketball on Wednesday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

UNCG evened its record at 6-6 while JMU fell to 3-9. It was the first win in six head-to-head games in the all-time series for the Spartans, who are coached by former JMU guard Wes Miller.

After trailing 42-36 at the break, UNCG got hot quick in the second half, going 4-for-4 from the arc in the first three and a half minutes to take a 50-48 lead. The Spartans maintained a narrow margin for the next seven minutes.

Leading 62-59, UNCG held JMU scoreless for six minutes while scoring seven unanswered points to take their largest lead of the game at 69-59. JMU got no closer than eight the rest of the way before falling 78-65.

Sophomore guard Ron Curry topped 20 points for the first time in his career to finish with 23 plus four rebounds. He was the only JMU player in double figures as sophomore guard Charles Cooke added nine to snap his streak of 10 straight games in double figures.

Paulos went 7-for-11 from the arc to pace a UNCG perimeter attack that followed a 3-for-8 first half with an 8-for-11 second half to finish 58 percent overall from long distance. Cain added 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Two other Spartans were in double figures as R.J. White and Kayel Locke added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The second half went entirely the Spartans’ way. In addition to the 8-for-11 showing from the arc, they shot 56 percent overall and outrebounded the Dukes 19-14 after JMU had led 14-11 in the first half. UNCG had 18 assists for the game compared to six for the Dukes, including an 11-1 comparison in the second half.

Meanwhile JMU was limited to 32 percent shooting in the second period and 1-for-11 (9 percent) from the arc. That followed a first half that was 57 percent overall and 44 percent from the arc for the Dukes.

UNCG had a quick start with consecutive threes from Paulos in the first minute. JMU responded with a six-point spurt of its own and took its first lead on a corner 3-pointer by Curry at 9-8. The Dukes maintained the lead and built it to as large as six points at 25-19 at the midway point of the period.

The Spartans rallied back and tied the game at 30-30 before then taking their first lead in over 12 minutes at 32-31. However, Madison had one last push and ended the half on an 11-4 swing for a 42-36 lead at the half.

It was the most first-half points of the season for JMU, which shot 57 percent from the floor and 4-for-9 from the arc while also going 12-for-14 at the free-throw line in the half.

James Madison wraps up its eight-game swing away from home on Saturday with a 3 p.m. tip vs. Hampton in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic at the Richmond Coliseum. The game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network.