JMU Dukes Win NCAA Tournament Opener
Dayton, Ohio - Freshman guard Andre Nation scored 15 points and added seven rebounds, four assists and a career-high five blocks as the James Madison men's basketball earned its first NCAA Tournament win in over 30 years, Wednesday. JMU defeated LIU Brooklyn 68-55 in the NCAA First Four at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
The Dukes advance to Friday's Second Round when they'll face the region's top seed Indiana at 4:10. JMU improved to 21-and-14 with the victory.
It had been 30 years and three days since James Madison defeated Ohio State in the 1983 championship. Joining Nation in double figures for the Dukes were senior guard A.J. Davis with a game-high 20 points and freshman guard Charles Cooke with 15.
NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Blackbirds. C.J. Garner chipped in 16 points and four rebounds while Jasmon Brickman led all players with nine assists.
JMU held the Blackbirds to just 23.3-percent shooting in the second half.
Nation helped set a JMU-season-high of 10 blocks by tying his career-high with five. He came into the tournament as one of only three guards averaging more than a block per game. He is one of only seven players in the country to accumulate more than 40 blocks, steals and assists.