Less than 18 hours after advancing to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship for the first time since 2001, James Madison, the third-seeded team, will look to continue its postseason run at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon facing No. 2 Delaware on national TV on NBC Sports Network.
***Note for fans, the Duke Club will host a pregame hospitality event sponsored by Virginia Business Systems across the street at the Richmond Convention Center for each day that JMU participates in the tournament. Sunday's pregame will occur from 2-4 p.m. Tournament tickets can be purchased through the Richmond Coliseum and will be available at the door. The first 200 JMU students receive free tickets through the 5th Street entrance to the Coliseum. After that, student tickets are $5.50 at the gate.***
JMU and Delaware each snapped lengthy absences from the semifinal round of the championship with UD last appearing in 2003 and JMU last reaching the round of four in 2001. Both squads reached Sunday's matchup via a five-point win in Saturday's quarterfinal round and will be facing each other for the first time in the CAA Tournament.
JMU led by one at the half in a back-and-forth game of momentum swings against William and Mary until later facing a 56-49 hole with under 10 minutes to go. However, the Dukes used a 17-2 swing to take control 66-58 and held on for the 72-69 victory.
Seniors Devon Moore (20 points), A.J. Davis (20 points) and Rayshawn Goins (13 points, all in the second half) combined on 58 of JMU's 72 points in the game. The Dukes relied heavily upon cleaning up the offensive glass, riding a 34-23 overall advantage on the boards and using 14 offensive caroms to lead second-chance points 17-5.
Moore and Davis combined to go 16-for-25 (64 percent) from the floor for the Dukes. Davis is averaging 20.4 points per game over the last eight games for the Dukes while Moore is averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 assists in his last nine contests.
While JMU's No. 3 seed is its best since the 1999-2000 season, Delaware's No. 2 spot sits as its best since joining the league for the 2001-02 campaign. The Blue Hens advanced to Sunday's semifinal by holding on for a 62-57 triumph over No. 7 Hofstra.
The Blue Hens built a lead of as large as 10 points with seven minutes remaining in the contest but couldn't put the Pride away until the closing minutes. Devon Saddler had 22 points to lead the Blue Hens while Jamelle Hagins added 12 points and 15 rebounds. Carl Baptiste added 12 boards as Delaware amassed 42 rebounds compared to 36 for Hofstra.
JMU was one of only two CAA teams to sweep Delaware this season, claiming a 64-50 win in Harrisonburg on Jan. 23, 2013 and a 72-71 win in Newark on Feb. 17 on an inbounds lob dunk by Andre Nation with one second remaining. The Dukes are responsible for two of the three losses by the Blue Hens over their last 14 games.
In addition to NBC Sports Network or attending in person at the Coliseum, fans can also follow the action via the JMU/nTelos Radio Network, MadiZONE free audio streaming, live stats at JMUSports.com or by following @JMUSports on Twitter.