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Published September 17, 2015
Kirby Burkholder had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed James Madison to a 72-63 win over No. 6 Gonzaga on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
A 3-pointer by Shaniqua Nilles put Gonzaga up by four points before James Madison (29-5) used a 12-0 run to take a 59-51 lead with 3 ½ minutes left. Burkholder had six points and two steals in that stretch.
Gonzaga didn't score for almost five minutes as James Madison took the lead.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to six points with 1:39 left, but Burkholder made a pair of free throws to extend the lead and James Madison held on for the win.
Gonzaga (29-5) was led by Sunny Greinacher, who had 17 points and Haiden Palmer added 14.