HARRISONBURG, Va. Junior Johnathan Ball (Memphis, Tenn.) scored 14 of his game-high 16 points during the second half as Dartmouth held on to beat James Madison, 74-70, in men's basketball Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.
Ball was a perfect six-of-six from the floor for the game and converted on three of four free throws during the final 1:19 of play as the visiting Big Green earned its first victory of the season, coming out of Dartmouth's final exam break.
JMU fell to 2-6 for the season with the loss in its final game before semester examinations.
Dartmouth shot 62.5 percent both overall (15-24) and from three-point range (5-8) while taking a 36-23 lead during the first half, and the Big Green finished with a 57.4 percent shooting effort from the field for the game.
Dartmouth scored its final 11 points from the foul line, connecting on 11 of 14 free throws, after JMU pulled to within 63-58 on sophomore guard Colbey Santos' follow shot with 1:19 remaining.
JMU was called for an intentional foul on the in-bounds play following Santos' field goal, and Ball hit both free throws for a 65-58 Dartmouth lead. He drained another free throw with 1:02 to play for 66-58 Big Green lead, and Dartmouth survived a three-point play from JMU freshman guard Pierre Curtis and a three-point field goal from Santos during the final 30 seconds.
A Santos layup got JMU to within 70-65 with 20.7 seconds left, but Dartmouth's Alex Barnett (St. Louis, Mo.) connected on two free throws at the 19.5 mark and the Big Green's Michael Giovacchini (Salt Lake City, Utah) scored a pair with 7.2 seconds to play following Santos' three-pointer at the nine-second mark. Junior forward Terrance Carter's layup for JMU at the closing horn provided the game's final points.
In addition to Ball, Dartmouth had two other players in double figures. In his first action of the year since suffering an ankle sprain, senior Leon Pattman (Memphis, Tenn.) had 15 points off the bench. Barnett had the Big Green's first double-double since March 3, 2006 when he pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
Now 1-6 on the year, the Big Green is home for the next two games, hosting Stony Brook on Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm and Quinnipiac on Monday, December 18.
- Dartmouth Media Relations -