JMU Advances in NCAA Tournament with 68-55 Win over LIU Brooklyn
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A.J. Davis, who stepped in as a starter because James Madison's leading scorer was suspended for a half, led the way with 20 points as the Dukes beat LIU Brooklyn 68-55 on Wednesday night in the First Four.
The Dukes (21-14) advance to meet top-seeded Indiana (27-6) on Friday night at the same University of Dayton Arena.
James Madison was without suspended starter Rayshawn Goins for the first half but built a big lead. After the Blackbirds (20-14) battled back to take a brief lead, the Dukes surged again to win going away.
Charles Cooke added 15 points and Andre Nation 14 for the Dukes, who hadn't won an NCAA tournament game since 1983 and hadn't played in the big dance in 19 years.
JMU's Andre Nation said, "Once we stick together we're good defensively, just staying together as a team and playing team defense we knew we were going to get stops."
JMU head coach Matt Brady says, "I think these seniors really wanted to have an opportunity to win a game for our program and I feel great for our kids, as I said to them after we won the CAA Tournament, this is the experience of a lifetime that they'll never forget and I think Friday will be the most emotional experience that any of them have ever had so we're going to hope that we play great."
Jamal Olasewere had 20 points and 10 rebounds and C.J. Garner 16 points for the Blackbirds, who have lost in their first game in each of their six trips to the tournament.
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