JMU roundup: Dukes douse Drexel

PHILADELPHIA — James Madison University’s women’s basketball used nine made 3-pointers during the first half to douse Drexel in a 73-54 win at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon.

JMU shot 52.9 percent from beyond the arc in the first half, sinking nine of 17 attempts during the first 20 minutes of play. The Dukes finished the game shooting 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from long range while limiting the Dragons to 27.3 percent on 3-point attempts (3-of-11).

JMU, now 11-0 in Colonial Athletic Association action, is 20-2 overall as the Dukes pushed Head Coach Kenny Brooks’ career wins total to 301. This marks the 10th consecutive season the Dukes have won at least 20 games. Drexel is 14-9 overall and 8-4 against CAA foes.

Drexel’s only lead in the game came off the contest’s first jumper 1:01 into play. A 16-4 run by JMU followed as the Dukes’ built a double-digit lead for good. The Dragons only came as close as 13 points (21-8, 11:38 1H) the rest of the way.

The Dukes were led by junior guard Precious Hall’s 19 points, including a 5-of-7 mark from beyond the arc. Hall now has 74 made 3-pointers this season, the eighth-highest total for a season in JMU history, and 174 made 3-pointers in her career, third most in JMU history.

Redshirt-senior center Lauren Okafor chipped in 11 points alongside junior forward Destiny Jones’ 11 points, a season high and one off of her career high 12 points.

Three Dragons scored in double figures, led by Carrie Alexander’s 13 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Rachel Pearson added in 12 points while Jacki Schluth posted 10.

As a team, Madison shot 45.8 percent from the floor while limiting Drexel to 31.0 percent shooting from the floor. The Dragons, however, capitalized on 15-of-17 free-throw attempts while the Dukes converted 10 of 14 attempts from the line.

JMU wraps up its three-game road swing this Thursday at Towson. Tip-off takes place at noon.

Men’s basketball

TOWSON, Md. — Junior guard Ron Curry knocked down the game-winning 18-foot jumper as time expired as James Madison grinded out a 63-61 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball road victory against Towson on Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena.

Curry finished the game with a career-high 27 points on 7-for-15 shooting as the Dukes improved to 14-11 on the season and 7-5 in CAA play. He also tied his single-game career best total with five made treys and converted 8-for-10 of his free throws. Curry also tallied five rebounds and three assists in the victory.

JMU led 61-57 but John Davis trimmed Towson’s deficit in half with 1:13 left on a layup. At the other end, Curry made a pair of defenders miss but his short jumper bounced off the back iron to give the Tigers (11-14, 4-8 CAA) a chance to tie or take the lead. With 24 seconds left, Davis, who finished with a team-best 16 points, was fouled and made both from the stripe to tie the game at 61-61.

On the final possession, Curry took in the inbounds, stepped just inside the arc with a couple seconds left and his shot hit the iron a few times before getting the friendly bounce at the buzzer.

Aside from Curry, freshman guard Joey McLean, making his first collegiate start, finished with a career-best 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting, which including a pair of treys and a perfect 4-for-4 clip from the line. Sophomore forward Yohanny Dalembert matched McLean with 14 points, while leading the Dukes with eight rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard Winston Grays also came off the bench and had career highs of four steals and two blocks.

The Dukes return to action Tuesday at 8 p.m. when they travel to Newark, Del., to face Delaware at the Bob Carpenter Center. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network.

Men’s tennis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — James Madison men’s tennis suffered a 5-2 setback at Navy on Sunday, picking up wins at No. 2 and No. 6 singles.

Navy (9-1) swept doubles play to take a 1-0 lead over JMU (2-4) before the Mids pushed to a 2-0 lead as Thomas Pecor defeated junior Maxi Branth 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Miljan Ruzic put the Dukes on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.

A 6-1, 6-3 loss by sophomore Brett Moorhead at No. 4 singles to Walk Sims gave Navy a 3-1 lead, but junior Robert Stirling pulled the Dukes to within one with a 6-4, 7-6(8) win over Blake Daniel at No. 2 singles. The Mids, however, clinched the match with Calvin Mark’s three-set win (6-1, 3-6, 6-4) over sophomore Sebastian Salinas at No. 1 singles.

Freshman Stephen Goldman battled Aries Wong at No. 5 singles to three sets, but was unable to overcome the Midshipman. Wong took a one-set lead with a 6-0 win in set one before Goldman tied the match with a 6-3 victory in set two. In set three, the duo battled to a tiebreaker that went in Wong’s favor (7-6 (7-5)).

Women’s tennis

WASHINGTON — James Madison women’s tennis earned the first four points of the day en route to a 5-2 win at George Washington on Sunday, handing the Colonials their first loss of the season (2-1) while improving to 4-1 in spring duals (1-0 CAA).

JMU earned the doubles point for a 1-0 lead after going 2-1 in doubles action. Senior Taylor Pinchoff and freshman Dylan Owens opened with a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles over Allison Hansen and Taylor Nederlander before senior Sarah Khan and sophomore Rebecca Harris fell to Marie-Louise Decamps and Lana Robins 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

Sophomore duo Rachel Nelson and Emily Bradshaw clinched the first point for the Dukes when they battled to a 7-5 victory over Teodora Radosavljevic and Grace Egger at No. 3 doubles.

Harris gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead with a two-set win (6-2, 6-0) over Egger at No. 5 singles before a default by Robins to Nelson at No. 2 singles gave JMU a 3-0 advantage.

Owens secured match point for JMU at No. 4 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Nederlander. Bradshaw secured a fifth point for Madison at No. 6 singles as she rounded out the day with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

On Saturday, JMU women’s tennis opened a double-match weekend with a 6-1 win at Howardat the Washington Tennis & Education Center.

The Dukes travel to Liberty on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.