JMU Wins CAA Championship, Earns Automatic Bid to the NCAA Tournament
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A.J. Davis scored 26 points and James Madison put together an early 23-1 run before holding off a furious rally to beat Northeastern 70-57 on Monday night in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game.
Rayshawn Goins added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the third-seeded Dukes (20-14), who won their conference tournament for the first time to earn their first berth in the NCAA tournament since 1994.
Jonathan Lee led the regular-season champion Huskies (20-12) with 14 points, all in the second half. Northeastern rallied from a 31-7 deficit to beat George Mason 69-67 in the closing seconds of their semifinal matchup Sunday but couldn't pull off another comeback one night later.
JMU senior guard Devon Moore said, "This is a blessing, all the hard work that my teammates put in, all the coaches, everything we live for, this organization this crowd this is for them, it's a blessing.
JMU head coach Matt Brady said, "We couldn't have played any better in the first half, our seniors led us all tournament long, our freshmen pitched in, but you can see what a remarkable atmosphere JMU nation provides, its an unbelievable school, its got the best school spirit in the country. Our seniors played lights out."
The Huskies, who haven't been to the NCAAs since 1991, trailed 51-43 with 8:23 to go before James Madison used a 10-3 run to settle things down.
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