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William & Mary 81, James Madison 79

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William & Mary went 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 20 seconds to hold off James Madison’s furious charge and earn an 81-79 victory on Sunday in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Tribe (13-8, 5-3 Colonial) led 74-72 with 45 seconds remaining and guard Daniel Dixon heading to the line for two free throws. He made the first and missed the second, but William & Mary secured the rebound. Guard Omar Prewitt missed a pair of free throws after getting fouled, giving James Madison the ball with a chance to tie. But the Dukes turned the ball over.

James Madison (8-14, 3-5) fouled guard Marcus Thornton immediately, and he made both free throws. Prewitt then redeemed himself by going 4-of-4 from the line in the final 13 seconds.

Dukes guard Ron Curry was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left. He hit the first two free throws and missed the third on purpose. Forward Andre Semenov got the offensive rebound, but his potential game-tying shot came up short as time expired.

Thornton led all scorers with 26 points, making 6-of-9 3-point attempts. Forward Tim Rusthoven added 16 points, and guard Brandon Britt had 11. The Tribe won the game from beyond the arc, going 13-of-21 from 3-point range.

Semenov had 23 points to lead the Dukes, with guard Andre Nation finishing with 16 and guard Charles Cooke 15.

James Madison outrebounded William & Mary 32-25, including 12-3 on the offensive glass.