Playing the first half without suspended leading scorer Rayshawn Goins did little to slow James Madison.
The Dukes never trailed while Goins was on the bench, and they got 20 points from A.J. Davis en route a 68-55 victory over LIU Brooklyn in a 1st-round NCAA Tournament game at University of Dayton Arena.
James Madison (21-14) advances to face top-seeded Indiana in the 2nd round Friday in Dayton.
“We get to play one of the greatest teams in the nation,” announced Dukes guard Andre Nation, who scored 14 points. “We know about them. I mean, they’re Indiana Hoosiers. We see them on television all the time.”
Davis hit 7 of 15 shots, including four of 10 3-pointers. Charles Cooke added 15 points for the James Madison Dukes.
James Madison recorded its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1983, and Coach Matt Brady earned his 1st career NCAA win.
“We’re truly excited to win a game in the NCAA Tournament,” Brady declared. “It’s always nice to get the 1st one under your belt.”
Jamal Olasewere scored 20 points and C.J. Garner added 16 for LIU Brooklyn (20-14). It was actually the 7th straight game in which Olasewere scored in double figures.
“Not the result we were looking for,” Blackbirds coach Jim Ferry said. “It took us a while to get going. We kept our poise pretty well and got into the game.”
The loss dropped LIU Brooklyn to 0-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Goins returned to the Dukes lineup to start the 2nd half, nonetheless it took him some time to get acclimated. He missed his first 3 shots and 2 free throws before he made consecutive baskets to put James Madison ahead 58-51 with less than 7 minutes remaining.
After serving his 1st-half suspension, Goins finished with 4 points and 8 rebounds.
“Coach told us not to do anything out of character (while Goins was out),” Nation expounded. “We had some other guuys step up.”
James Madison held LIU Brooklyn to 35.6 percent shooting. The Blackbirds averaged 48.4% from the field coming in. The Dukes also had a season-high 10 blocked shots.
“They really bothered our shots around the edge, which we didn’t expect to happen,” Perry related.
LIU Brooklyn trailed till Reed hit 2 free throws with 15:02 remaining to put the Blackbirds ahead 40-39. However, James Madison answered with a 9-0 run to regain control. Baseball scores
With Goins cheering from the bench in the first half, James Madison’s offense got off to a hot start.
Davis, who made his 9th start this season in Goins’ absence, started the game with a long 3-pointer.
A 3-pointer by Cooke and a layup by Nation put James Madison ahead 10-2. Davis’ dunk off a lob pass from Devon Moore highlighted the hot start by the Dukes, who led by as much as 12 points in the 1st half.
Cooke and Davis made back-to-back 3-pointers to put James Madison ahead 20-8.
But LIU Brooklyn fought back with a 13-2 run late in the 1st half to cut the deficit to one point at halftime. Jason Brickman hit two 3-pointers in the Blackbirds’ run.