Hempstead, N.Y. – James Madison’s Precious Hall scored a game-high 20 points and Kirby Burkholder notched 16 points and nine rebounds as Hofstra fell to the Dukes, 77-50, in a Colonial Athletic Association meeting Sunday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.
Senior forward Anma Onyeuku’s 17 point effort paced Hofstra. But the Pride dropped to 6-10 overall and 1-4 in CAA play. JMU’s Jazmon Gwathmey added 15 points and Toia Giggetts tallied 13 as four Dukes finished in double figures. JMU, which was the CAA’s preseason favorite, improved to 13-4 and 3-0 against the league.
Onyeuku finished in double figures for the 11th time this season and the 35th of her career. Senior guard Annie Payton tied a career high with five assists, which matched her output at Northeastern on March 6, 2013. Sophomore Asia Jackson added five points, six rebounds and thee assists.
JMU started the second half on a 10-2 run to build a 45-29 cushion. Hofstra would not get closer than 13 in the second half on Payton’s free throws with 9:34 left. Payton finished with six points.
Burkholder hit four three-pointers and helped JMU end the matinee with a 27-15 edge in points off turnovers. Hall finished 11-for-11 at the line as JMU made 82.1 percent from the stripe overall (23-for-28).
Hofstra dropped to 8-14 in the all-time series against the Dukes. JMU has won five of the last six games in the matchup.
Onyeuku accounted for one-third of Hofstra’s first half offense by scoring nine points as the Pride trailed the Dukes, 35-27, at the break. Nikki Newman banked a left-wing three-pointers and Precious Hall followed a defensive stop with a three-point play that capped a 12-2 run and gave the Dukes a 33-23 edge that marked the largest lead of the period.
Burkholder, the CAA’s Preseason Player of the Year, tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in the opening half. JMU built a 27-17 rebounding edge through the first 20 minutes. That followed a trend for the Dukes this season as the squad entered the week in the NCAA’s top-10 in rebounding margin with a plus-10.7 boards-per-game differential.
Hofstra hosted a pregame skills clinic for the Special Olympics New York (Long Island region) with the student-athletes, coaches and staff assisting in running different stations such as shooting, dribbling and defensive tutorials on the Mack Sports Complex court. Before the opening tip, Hofstra also presented a check to Jean Kelly, the executive director of the Interfaith Nutrition Network, to sponsor a meal the team helped serve on Jan. 14.
The Pride will resume conference play on Thursday when the Pride heads north to take on Northeastern in a 7 p.m. road contest.