James Madison 62, George Washington 57

A.J. Davis and Humpty Hitchens scored 17 points apiece in the

first half as James Madison built a 20-point halftime lead and held

on for a 62-57 win at George Washington on Thursday night.

The Dukes (6-3) led 55-33 after Andrey Semenov’s layup with

13:46 left to play, but only made one more field goal the rest of

the way.

Reserve David Pellom (eight points) and Tony Taylor (five

points) sparked a 15-0 Colonials run. After Julius Wells’ 3-pointer

put the Dukes up 58-48, the Colonials scored six straight and

trailed by four with 2:59 left.

George Washington (4-7) failed to score on its next five

possessions, however, and the Dukes hit four free throws in the

final 1:11 to secure the win.

Pellom led the Colonials, who lost their sixth straight, with 22

points – hitting all nine of his field goal attempts – and Taylor

added 12.

Davis scored 22 for the Dukes and Hitchens, held scoreless in

the second half, finished with 17.

After a horrid first half, the Colonials finished at 41.1

percent from the field (23 of 56), but hit only 8 of 17 free

throws. James Madison, which made just six second-half field goals,

finished at 48.9 percent from the field (23 of 47).

In building their first-half lead, the Dukes shot a blistering

65.4 percent (17 of 26) from the floor, including 6 of 9 from

3-point range. Hitchens and Davis combined to make 12 of 15 field

goal attempts in the half.

Leading 20-16 midway through the half, the Dukes went on 10-0

run started by a Hitchens jumper and capped by a Davis

3-pointer.

George Washington, which came into the game averaging just 62.2

points per game, went nearly five minutes without a basket.

James Madison then used a quick 8-0 spurt, featuring 3-pointers

by Hitchens and Davis, to build its lead to 40-20.

George Washington (4-7) managed just 34.6 percent (9 of 26) from

the field before intermission.