CAA Tournament Opens in Nail Biting Fashion

The CAA Tournament in Richmond, Va. opened fast and furious with each of the losing teams in the first three games coming within one possession of tying with less than a minute left, but in the end all the higher seeds advanced.

The first game of the day saw George Mason advance to the semifinals after surviving a Drexel comeback from 14 points down.  Junior guard Sherrod Wright of the Patriots led all scorers with 23 points. George Mason’s prize for their fortitude is a semifinal showdown with No. 1 seed and CAA Tournament favorite Northeastern, who they have lost to twice this season by an average of 15-points.

In the next game, No. 2 seed Delaware was challenged by No. 7 seed Hofstra, after the Pride closed the first half with a 3 point lead over the match-up favorite Fightin’ Blue Hens. Delaware regained the lead in the second half and was able to hold off Hofstra due to a 12 point, 15 rebound double-double by Jamelle Hagins and a 22 point effort by Devon Saddler.

The Fightin’ Blue Hens will face James Madison, who won a close game over William and Mary, to set up a No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed semifinal on Sunday.  The winners in each semifinal will face off on Monday with the CAA title on the line.

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