RICHMOND, Va., March 4, 2011 - Junior Quinn McDowell set a single-game Colonial Athletic Association Tournament record with 35 points to lead 11th-seeded William and Mary past sixth-seeded James Madison 72-68 in the finale of Friday's first day of competition at the Richmond Coliseum.
W&M improves to 10-21 overall and will meet third-seeded Hofstra Saturday night. JMU falls to 21-11 overall and will await a possible invitation to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) or the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
McDowell hit 10-of-12 field-goal attempts, including 5-of-6 from the arc, and also went 10-for-11 at the free-throw line. He finished with a CAA record 35 points along with five rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) had a career-high 22 points for JMU. Sophomore forward Andrey Semenov (St. Petersburg, Russia/Blue Ridge School), who at one point had 10 straight JMU points in the second half, and junior forward Julius Wells (Toledo, Ohio/Libbey) added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
W&M led 63-57 with 6:06 remaining in the contest after a dunk by Marcus Kitts. Junior guard Humpty Hitchens (Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe) then hit one of two free-throw attempts followed by a three to cut it to 63-61.
McDowell put the Tribe back up 67-63 with a pair of free throws, but Wells canned a trey to cut it to 67-66 with 2:05 to go.
JMU got a stop on a missed jumper by Kendrix Brown and Moore responded with a layup to give JMU its first lead in over eight minutes at 68-67 with 1:21 to go.
Moore then fouled Brandon Britt with 54.9 seconds left and two free throws put the Tribe back in front to stay. Julius Wells missed a jumper and Matt Rum made it a three-point game at 71-68 with a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left.
On JMU's possession, Hitchens missed a three from the top of the arc with 10 seconds left and W&M got the rebound. McDowell hit a free throw and then missed his first of the game at the charity stripe as the Tribe recorded the 72-68 victory.
In addition to McDowell's lights-out shooting effort, the Tribe won it at the free-throw line, hitting 25-of-36 attempts compared to just 10-of-17 for the Dukes, including two front-end misses on free throw bonus opportunities down the stretch.
JMU shot 49% from the floor and went 6-for-16 (37.5%) from the arc. W&M hit 45.5% from the field and 54% (7-for-13) from long range.
The game was tied 34-34 at the break, but the Dukes used an early 7-0 run in the second half to take their biggest lead at 45-40 with 15:44 remaining. However, W&M responded and tied it at 51-51 with 10:01 to go. McDowell's deep three with the shot clock winding down put the Tribe up 54-51, a lead they held until Moore's basket in the final two minutes.
It was a back-and-forth first half of mini runs and momentum swings that featured nine ties and eight lead changes. The Tribe went up 13-7 only to see Moore hit his second and third three-pointers in the first seven minutes.
The Dukes took the lead 20-17 on a three-point play by Semenov with 9:38 to go on a long jumper. A bucket by McDowell and a three-pointer put the Tribe up 29-25. The Dukes knotted the score on a Wells free throw and a Hitchens three.
With the Dukes up 32-31, McDowell hit his second trey of the half. Moore responded with a runner in the lane to tie the score 34-34 at the half.
McDowell led all scorers with 15 points in the opening half. Moore led the Dukes with 12 while Wells added eight. Both teams shot better than 50% from the floor for the half while combining to shoot 7-for-10 (70%) from the arc.
NOTES: JMU and W&M met in the CAA Championship for the third straight year, each of Matt Brady's three years as the Dukes' coach... it was the ninth meeting between the teams in the last three years with JMU leading that stretch 5-4 but the Tribe taking two of the three tournament matchups... Wells climbed to 11th in career scoring at JMU with 1,308 points, passing David Correll (1972-76)... senior forward Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) broke a tie for the JMU season rebounding record, raising his total to 281.