WASHINGTON (AP) - A.J. Davis and Humpty Hitchens scored 17 points apiece in the first half as James Madison built a 20-point halftime lead and held on for a 62-57 win at George Washington on Thursday night.
The Dukes (6-3) led 55-33 after Andrey Semenov's layup with 13:46 left to play, but only made one more field goal the rest of the way.
Reserve David Pellom (eight points) and Tony Taylor (five points) sparked a 15-0 Colonials run. After Julius Wells' 3-pointer put the Dukes up 58-48, the Colonials scored six straight and trailed by four with 2:59 left.
George Washington (4-7) failed to score on its next five possessions, however, and the Dukes hit four free throws in the final 1:11 to secure the win.
Pellom led the Colonials, who lost their sixth straight, with 22 points - hitting all nine of his field goal attempts - and Taylor added 12.
Davis scored 22 for the Dukes and Hitchens, held scoreless in the second half, finished with 17.
After a horrid first half, the Colonials finished at 41.1 percent from the field (23 of 56), but hit only 8 of 17 free throws. James Madison, which made just six second-half field goals, finished at 48.9 percent from the field (23 of 47).
In building their first-half lead, the Dukes shot a blistering 65.4 percent (17 of 26) from the floor, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Hitchens and Davis combined to make 12 of 15 field goal attempts in the half.
Leading 20-16 midway through the half, the Dukes went on 10-0 run started by a Hitchens jumper and capped by a Davis 3-pointer.
George Washington, which came into the game averaging just 62.2 points per game, went nearly five minutes without a basket.
James Madison then used a quick 8-0 spurt, featuring 3-pointers by Hitchens and Davis, to build its lead to 40-20.
George Washington (4-7) managed just 34.6 percent (9 of 26) from the field before intermission.