• James Madison beats Northeastern in CAA final
    The Associated Press | March 12,2013
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    RICHMOND, Va. — A.J. Davis scored 26 points and James Madison put together an early 23-1 run before holding off a furious rally to beat Northeastern 70-57 on Monday night in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game.

    Rayshawn Goins added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the third-seeded Dukes (20-14), who won their conference tournament for the first time to earn their first berth in the NCAA tournament since 1994.

    Jonathan Lee led the regular-season champion Huskies (20-12) with 14 points, all in the second half. Northeastern rallied from a 31-7 deficit to beat George Mason 69-67 in the closing seconds of their semifinal matchup Sunday but couldn’t pull off another comeback one night later.

    The Huskies, who haven’t been to the NCAAs since 1991, trailed 51-43 with 8:23 to go before James Madison used a 10-3 run to settle things down.

    Andre Nation added 10 points for James Madison, including three critical free throws with 7:46 to play to end a 19-8 run that had brought the Huskies within 51-43 — quieting the heavily partisan crowd at the Richmond Coliseum.

    After a timeout, Nation made all three shots, starting a 10-3 run for the Dukes.

    The Huskies, who had played one fewer game in the tournament because of a first-round bye, closed to 61-50 on a 3-pointer by David Walker with 4 minutes left but got no closer.

    Northeastern’s comeback against George Mason had been the largest in the 93-year history of the program, so the start to Monday’s game seemed a bit shocking and proved decisive.

    After Joel Smith opened the game with a 3-pointer for the Huskies, Davis answered for the Dukes and an inside basket by Reggie Spencer gave Northeastern a 5-3 lead. By the time the Huskies got their next field goal, nearly 13 minutes had elapsed and they trailed 28-11. Two more baskets by Goins made it 32-11 and a 3-pointer by Davis a short time later made it 35-13.

    The Dukes led 40-18 at halftime — and then it just seemed a matter of hanging on.

    The Huskies’ 25-11 run to start the second half, which featured all of Lee’s points, made it interesting, but the foul on Nation, the timeout and his three free throws settled the Dukes again.

    Davidson 74, College of Charleston 55

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — De’Mon Brooks had 24 points and eight rebounds, and the Davidson Wildcats defended their Southern Conference championship with a wire-to-wire 74-55 victory over the College of Charleston on Monday night.

    With two-time conference player of the year Jake Cohen in foul trouble most of the game, Brooks turned in a dominating inside performance showing a variety of moves the Cougars simply couldn’t defend and was selected the tournament MVP.

    JP Kuhlman chipped in with 14 points and Nick Cochran had 10. Cohen had 12 points despite playing less than half of the game.

    Andrew Lawrence led College of Charleston with 19 points.

    Unlike a year ago when Davidson blew a 13-point lead with 2:47 left in the title game and needed double overtime to defeat Western Carolina, the Wildcats left no doubt about the outcome of this one. They outscored the Cougars 21-12 in the game’s final 12 minutes.

    Davidson (26-7) entered the game with the nation’s third-longest winning streak at 16 games and wasted little time setting the tone.

    The Wildcats jumped out to a 10-3 lead behind the shooting of Kuhlman and the inside play of Brooks, who combined for 22 first-half points.

    The AP Top 25

    The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

    Record Pts Prv

    1. Gonzaga (54) 30-2 1,611 1

    2. Duke (11) 27-4 1,559 3

    3. Indiana 26-5 1,491 2

    4. Louisville 26-5 1,421 8

    5. Georgetown 24-5 1,344 5

    6. Michigan 25-6 1,230 7

    7. Kansas 26-5 1,224 4

    8. Michigan St. 24-7 1,184 10

    9. Miami 24-6 1,082 6

    10. Ohio St. 23-7 1,073 14

    11. Kansas St. 25-6 932 9

    12. Marquette 23-7 921 15

    13. Florida 24-6 838 11

    14. Oklahoma St. 23-7 805 13

    15. New Mexico 26-5 771 12

    16. Saint Louis 24-6 557 16

    17. Pittsburgh 24-7 551 20

    18. Arizona 24-6 523 18

    19. Syracuse 23-8 362 17

    20. Memphis 27-4 316 25

    21. UCLA 23-8 245 23

    22. Wisconsin 21-10 191 22

    23. Creighton 27-7 190 -

    24. Notre Dame 23-8 171 24

    25. VCU 24-7 157 21

    Others receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (Cal) 117, Butler 105, North Carolina 49, Colorado St. 48, Temple 20, Belmont 13, UNLV 7, Wichita St. 6, Kentucky 5, Oregon 4, Valparaiso 1, Villanova 1.







    USA Today Top 25

    The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 10, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

    Record Pts Prv

    1. Gonzaga (29) 30-2 772 1

    2. Duke (2) 27-4 736 4

    3. Indiana 26-5 699 2

    4. Louisville 26-5 689 6

    5. Georgetown 24-5 611 5

    6. Kansas 26-5 601 3

    7. Michigan State 24-7 557 12

    8. Michigan 25-6 542 8

    9. Ohio State 23-7 533 13

    10. Miami 24-6 502 7

    11. Florida 24-6 472 9

    12. Kansas State 25-6 410 10

    13. Marquette 23-7 400 17

    14. New Mexico 26-5 345 11

    15. Oklahoma St. 23-7 331 14

    16. Saint Louis 24-6 287 15

    17. Memphis 27-4 269 20

    18. Arizona 24-6 252 18

    19. Pittsburgh 24-7 238 22

    20. Syracuse 23-8 171 16

    21. Saint Mary’s 27-5 136 23

    22. VCU 24-7 112 19

    23. Wisconsin 21-10 106 21

    24. Creighton 27-7 94 -

    25. UCLA 23-8 72 -

    Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 46, North Carolina 30, Butler 24, Colorado State 13, Belmont 9, Middle Tennessee 5, Missouri 4, San Diego State 2, California 1, Kentucky 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, UNLV 1, Wichita State 1.
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