Harrisonburg, Va. - Host James Madison (15-4, 6-2) defeated Georgia State 76-45 in a Colonial Athletic Association game Thursday night.
In one sense, the game was close as JMU got off 73 shots and GSU got off 71 shots, while GSU shot 16 free throws, two more than JMU. But, the big difference was Georgia State couldn't get the ball in the basket, making just 17 of those 71 for a 23.9 shooting percentage. Meanwhile, JMU was knocking their shots down, including 6-of-10 three-point shots in the first half alone as they made 28 shots.
Georgia State (7-13, 0-7) got 11 points and 11 rebounds but freshman center Alana Beroth, even though she made just 4-of-11 shots under the bucket. Senior forward Chan Harris added 11 points and four rebounds. Junior guard Jerlisa Taylor added eight rebounds, five points and three assists.
James Madison, a top 30 RPI team, has won 18 of its last 19 on its home court. Tonight, guard Kirby Burkholder led with 22 points, including 6-of-8 three-point shots from a variety of spots on the court. Guard Tarik Hislop added 16 more points on 7-of-15 field goals.
The board battle was even most of the night until late when JMU ended with a 57-45 advantage because of Georgia State's 54 missed shots. Georgia State got 24 offensive rebounds. The Panthers, who lead the league with five blocked shots a game, added six more rejections tonight.
"We did pay more attention to taking care of the basketball tonight and we crashed the glass hard most of the time," said coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "But, we sure had a hard time getting the ball in the basket no matter where we shot it from. A whole lot of those misses were easy and makeable shots, so that was disappointing."
Sophomore Victoria Smith started the game and scored the first basket as she became the 12th different player to start a game this season for GSU. No player has started every game.
GSU stays on its five-day road trip and moves on to Richmond, Va., to play Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.