W&M uses 20-0 run to down JMU at CAA Tournament

BALTIMORE — William & Mary took control with an early 20-0 scoring burst, and the Tribe went on beat James Madison 79-64 Saturday in the second quarterfinal game of the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship at Royal Farms Arena.

Fifth-seeded William & Mary raised its record to 20-10 and advances to a 1 p.m. Sunday tournament semifinal meeting with top-seeded Hofstra (23-8), an 80-67 winner over ninth-seeded Drexel in Saturday’s first quarterfinal game.  Fourth-seeded James Madison fell to 21-11.

After trailing 6-1, William & Mary raced to a 21-6 advantage with 6:55 left in the opening half, holding the Dukes scoreless between the 16:24 and the 5:42 marks of the period.  The Tribe led 31-15 at halftime, survived seven James Madison three-point field goals over the game’s final 9:14 and connected on 10 straight free throws during the closing 1:33 after its lead was cut to five.

A 13-4 James Madison scoring run pulled the Dukes to within 69-64 with 1:36 left, but they didn’t score again and William & Mary sealed the victory by hitting 17-of-18 from the free throw line in the second half.

Sophomore forward Jack Whitman gave William & Mary its first lead, 7-6, with two free throws with 13:37 left in the opening period, and sophomore guard/forward Greg Malinowski had consecutive Tribe field goals midway through the early run.  Sheldon scored off a rebound for a 16-6 William & Mary edge and capped the 20-0 burst with a traditional three-point play.

James Madison hit on its first two and three of its initial five shots while going ahead 6-1 but missed on its next 12 field goal tries as William & Mary took control.

Prewitt, a first-team All-CAA performer, led William & Mary with 25 points on nine-of-16 shooting in 31 minutes.  Joining him in double figures in scoring for the Tribe were Sheldon and sophomore guard Connor Burchfield with 11 points and Cohn with 10.  Burchfield scored all of his points during the final half, connecting on each of his four shots, including three three-point attempts.  Cohn also had five assists.

William & Mary shot 51.0 percent overall from the field and 92.0 percent (23-25) from the foul line.

Senior guard Ron Curry, a first-team all-league performer, led James Madison with 20 points, and the Dukes got 13 from sophomore guard Joey McLean, who had three three-pointers.  The Dukes hit on eight of 20 shots from three-point range during the final half after connecting on but seven of 27 shots overall, including just one of 12 three-point tries, during the opening half.  Curry had 16 second-half points, McLean added 11 over the final 20 minutes and senior Winston Grays III scored all nine of his on three-pointers during the final half.

James Madison and William & Mary Saturday met for the 15th time in conference tournament play, beginning during the 1980-81 season.

 

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