JMU Soars Past LIU-Brooklyn with Daunting Foe Ahead

JMU Soars Past LIU-Brooklyn with Daunting Foe Ahead

Indiana coach Tom Crean and star player Victor Oladipo watched and trembled as the James Madison Dukes played the Long Island University-Brooklyn Blackbirds Wednesday night.  

Not really.

The Dukes, however, did earn the right to get creamed by the Hoosiers after they defeated the Blackbirds 68-55.

To win the game, the Dukes had to overcome the first half absence of star forward Rayshawn Goins. The Senior was suspended in the first half due to some off the court issues at a party on Saturday. When Goins entered the game, he struggled to make an impact, scoring 4 points despite averaging 12.7 ppg.

Senior guard A.J. Davis (12.1 ppg) led the way for the Dukes with 20 points with the help of freshman guards Charles Cooke and Andre Nation who came up big for James Madison.

The Dukes were in control for most of the game, leading 22-12 about midway through the first half. However, the Blackbirds came marching back and a slam by E.J. Reed at the end of the half brought it within one.

LIU-Brooklyn would take the lead by one in the second half before James Madison went on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Senior forward Jamal Olasewere led the way for the Blackbirds with 20 points. He has averaged 18.9 ppg on the season.

The win by the Dukes brings Breitbart Sports to 3-0 thus far in the Tournament, with the odds of such a record in these toss up games only 12.5%. We also feel pretty confident in projecting the Hoosiers ahead of the Dukes, but we encourage you to check out our alphabetical listing for additional help on your bracket.