Harrisonburg, Va. – James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder scored a game-high 28 points as Hofstra fell, 78-47, to first-place JMU in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Senior guard Annie Payton scored 10 points off the bench for the Pride and freshman point guard Krystal Luciano added seven points, eight rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Alexis Carter tied a career high with eight points. But Hofstra lost for just the third time in the last eight games in falling to 11-13 overall and 6-7 in CAA play.
JMU won its 13 consecutive game to go to 23-4 while staying undefeated in league play at 13-0. JMU swept the regular season series as the Pride have dropped the last six games in the series with the last win coming at home during the 2010-11 campaign.
Payton scored in double figures for the fourth straight game. It was the team-leading 15th time Payton has scored 10-or-more points this season and the 29th time in her career. Sophomore Ruth Sherrill contributed seven points and three rebounds as a reserve. Carter scored eight points in a game for the third time in her career and the second consecutive game after she also put up that total versus Northeastern on Thursday.
Precious Hall and Toia Giggetts both tallied 11 points and Nikki Newman added nine. Jazmon Gwathmey scored eight points for the Dukes.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm early with the squads combining to shoot just 3-for-17 from the field entering the first media timeout. But JMU got into a groove as Burkholder scored 15 points to help the Dukes take a 42-24 lead into the break.
JMU went ahead by as much as 20 in the first half. Luciano scored a Hofstra-high five points in the period and grabbed four rebounds. Hofstra attempted eight three-pointers in the half but could not convert.
Hofstra moved within 16 on Carter’s bank-shot head-on three-pointer, prompting JMU to call timeout with 15:20 left. Payton’s layup put Hofstra within 15 at 52-37 almost nine minutes into the second half. Burkholder hit a three-pointer in front of the JMU bench coming out of the timeout to extend JMU’s lead to 55-37.
The Dukes went on a 13-1 run to take a 65-38 lead. JMU is 11-1 at home this season and 7-0 at the Convocation Center in conference play. JMU entered the week receiving votes in both the Associated Press top-25 poll and the ESPN national poll.
Hofstra will continue the CAA slate with the first of two straight home games on Thursday against Delaware at 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex.