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James Madison to face Indiana in NCAA Tournament

DAYTON, Ohio — After winning the program's first NCAA Tournament game in 30 years, James Madison sounds as if it's not done.

A.J. Davis, who started because the team'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.

Immediately, their thoughts turned to top-seeded Indiana, whom they'll play on the same University of Dayton Arena court Friday night.

"They're Indiana," defensive stalwart Andre Nation said. "We know about them. We see them on the TV all the time. It's nothing new."

Other Dukes were also undaunted.

"We have some older guys. They're typically pretty unafraid of any of the challenges we face," coach Matt Brady said.

James Madison was without suspended starter Rayshawn Goins for the first half but built a big lead. After the Blackbirds (20-14) took a brief lead, the Dukes won going away, closing on a 10-2 run.

Davis opened the game with an emphatic 3 as if to say this was his time. And he didn't let up.

"Coach said don't do anything outside of your character, just be humble and play your game," he said. "While Rayshawn was sitting out, a couple of guys came off the bench and stepped up for us."

Charles Cooke, who hadn't scored in three of his past four games, added 15 points and Nation added 14 for the Dukes, who were winless in the NCAA Tournament since 1983 and hadn't played in the tourney in 19 years.

Jamal Olasewere had 20 points and 10 rebounds and C.J. Garner 16 points for the Blackbirds, who have lost in the opener of all six tournament trips, including the past three years.

"Plain and simple, they really bothered our shots," coach Jack Perri said. "That was something we weren't necessarily thinking was going to happen."

Goins, JMU's leading scorer (12.7) and rebounder (7.4), was suspended after a weekend arrest. Police in Harrisonburg, Va., said they were called to break up a party early Sunday morning and Goins was shouting obscenities at them.

Yet Brady is 1-0 in NCAA play.

"Some of the greats of the game have been in the NCAA Tournament and have struck out for a few years at a time," he said, shaking his head. "This really says more about this team than it does me."

LA SALLE 80, BOISE ST. 71: Tyrone Garland led the Explorers' guard-driven offense with 22 points, and La Salle (22-9) wrapped up the First Four by getting the better of an old-fashioned shootout in Dayton. The 13th-seeded Explorers play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday.

Ramon Galloway, one of the Atlantic 10's top scorers, added 21 points for La Salle, which shot 63 percent overall, 16-of-22 in the second half.

James Madison to face Indiana in NCAA Tournament 03/20/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:08am]
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