JMU loses heartbreaker at Hofstra
Charles Jenkins scored 35 points and Hofstra rallied from a second-half deficit as large as 15 to defeat James Madison 92-90 in overtime in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game Monday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
HU won for the seventh time in eight games to improve to 14-6 overall, 8-1 in the CAA. JMU dropped its third game in a row after a nine-game winning streak to drop to 15-6 overall and 5-4 in the CAA. The Pride won their 12th in a row in the head-to-head series.
Jenkins scored 25 of his 35 points after the intermission. He hit 11-of-19 field goals and 11-for-13 from the free-throw line to go with five assists and three blocks. Greg Washington had a double-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. The Pride had five players in double figures with Mike Moore adding 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Shemiye McLendon posted 14 and Brad Kelleher added 10 and four assists.
Senior forward Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) had his 10th double-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Junior Rayshawn Goins (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) added his sixth double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Julius Wells (Toledo, Ohio/Libbey) posted 23 points while hitting 5-of-9 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) added 13 points, eight boards, and eight assists while sophomore Andrey Semenov (St. Petersburg, Russia/Blue Ridge School) contributed 10, including 8-for-8 at the free-throw line.
JMU led by as much as 15 one minute into the second half, and Hofstra didn’t get the margin to single digits until 13:46 remaining. The Dukes still led by 11 with 6:34 remaining when Hofstra made its push.
Kelleher hit a three to start the run and followed it with a pair of free throws. JMU got two points back on a pair of free throws by Semenov to make it 71-63, but back-to-back threes by Jenkins and McLendon made it a one-possession game at 71-69 with 3:33 remaining.
JMU was able to stay in front thanks to free-throw shooting down the stretch. Bowles hit 1-of-2 and Semenov added another pair to make it 74-69 with 2:53 to go.
The Dukes were still up 76-71 when Jenkins was fouled on a three-point attempt. He hit two out of three, and a Jenkins steal led to a Mike Moore layup to cut it to one at 76-75 with 1:16 left.
Semenov hit another pair of free throws for the Dukes and Kelleher hit another layup. Then with 33 seconds remaining, Moore hit one free throw but a second attempt was called off on a Semenov lane violation.
McLendon hit a pair of free throws to tie the score at 79-79 with 17 seconds left. The Dukes had been in front since 7:20 remaining in the first half. JMU was unable to get a shot off as Devon Moore turned the ball over and the game went to overtime. The Dukes did not have a field goal in the final 6:34 of regulation, scoring all of their final 21 points at the charity stripe.
In the extra session, Jenkins’ layup one minute in gave the Pride its first lead since late in the first half. A Goins layup regained the lead before Hofstra responded with a key 9-1 run to move ahead 90-83 with 2:05 remaining.
The Dukes had one more push in them as a Wells three cut it to 90-86 and a Bowles three-point play made it 90-89 with 53 seconds on the clock. JMU got a stop on a missed three by McLendon with Moore gathering the defensive board. However, Semenov’s runner into the lane came up empty.
Hofstra’s Stephen Nwaukoni hit a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds to go. JMU put all four players deep on the inbounds pass, and Wells gathered the ball on the right wing and was fouled. He hit the first free throw to make it 92-90 with 2.4 seconds on the clock. His intentional miss of the second resulted in a scramble on the floor for the rebound as the clock expired.