HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- James Madison rallied from behind in the closing minutes and Pierre Curtis scored the winning basket with one second left to beat VMI 89-87 Wednesday night.
James Madison (1-2) led by 13 with 8:51 left to play, but VMI went on a 20-6 run over the next 2:34 to make the game competitive. The lead changed hands 12 times in the game.The Keydets (3-3) pulled ahead with 1:46 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Matt Murrer that made it 84-83. Willie Bell added a layup to put VMI up by three with 56 seconds to play.James Madison's Kyle Swanston made good on a pair of free throws, and VMI's Reggie Williams hit one of two free throws to bring it to 87-85 with 23 seconds left.Curtis was fouled by Bell at the 10 second mark and made both free throws to tie the game -- seconds before scoring his winning layup.Swanston and Terrance Carter led James Madison in scoring with 13 each. Chavis Holmes scored 20 for VMI, while Williams scored a relatively low 18 points compared to his previous two games.Williams was named Big South player of the week on Tuesday after his 45-point performance against Virginia Intermont on Nov. 15.Williams also scored 36 points against Southern Virginia on Monday.James Madison held VMI's potent offense below 100 points. In each of the Keydets' three losses this season, they scored below 100. In their three wins, VMI scored 104, 156 and 144 points.VMI set a record for 3-point attempts at James Madison's Convocation Center, with 45. But the Keydets made just 12 of those shots, a 26.7 percent pace.