HARRISONBURG, VA (WWBT) - JMU only held a two-possession lead for two total minutes over the course of the game, but the final 40 seconds was when it counted as the Dukes (6-2) took a 51-46 victory over Richmond (3-4) at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
The game featured 15 lead changes and six ties as Richmond never led by more than three points and JMU never more than the final margin of five.
Turnovers slowed down each team as both team's defenses scrapped and created loose balls. Both squads committed 13 turnovers and shot under 40 percent from the field as a result of the defensive intensity.
Richmond's Kendall Anthony led all scorers with 16 points, moving into 12th place all-time in Spider Basketball history with 1,445 career points, surpassing Johnny Moates.
ShawnDre' Jones scored nine points on three treys, while also dishing three assists. Trey Davis and T.J. Clineeach scored five points with Davis grabbing a team-high six boards.
Hari Hall came off the bench to lead JMU with 12 points, while Yohanny Dalembert added 10 points and five boards. The Spiders held JMU leading scorer Andre Nation to six points on 3-of-9 shooting.
Neither team could establish a long run in the first half as JMU took a lead of 22-18 after a Dalembert layup. Richmond responded with a 6-2 run to end the half as Cline and Anthony each scored three points and helped shut out the Dukes in their final possession.
After a three-pointer from Anthony just four minutes into the second half, the Spiders took a 32-30 lead and wouldn't trail for the next seven minutes. JMU's Ron Curry and UR's Terry Allen traded layups, but Dalembert and Jackson Kent put the Dukes back ahead, 44-41 with 4:31 left.
ShawnDre' Jones then came through with a big three-pointer to tie the game with 4:09 left. But that would be Richmond's last field goal as Nation hit a jumper with 39 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and give JMU the 51-46 victory.
After a week of exams, the Spiders will begin the Gotham Classic by hosting Howard on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Robins Center.