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College basketball: James Madison captures CAA crown, NCAA bid
James Madison guard Andre Nation (15) celebrates with teammates Devon Moore (40) and Ron Curry (2) on Monday. The Dukes won the Colonial Athletic Conference championship by beating Northeastern 70-57 in Richmond.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
RICHMOND - 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.
Andre Nation added 10 points for James Madison.
No. 1 Gonzaga 65, Saint Mary's 51
LAS VEGAS - Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and top-ranked Gonzaga (31-2) bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by routing Saint Mary's (27-6) in the West Coast Conference final.
Elias Harris added 19 points for Gonzaga.
Iona 60, Manhattan 57
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Tre Bowman scored 20 points and Iona earned a berth in the NCAA tournament with a win over Manhattan in the MAAC championship game.
Lamont Jones added 14 points and earned tournament MVP honors for the fourth-seeded Gaels (20-13), who will be making their second consecutive trip to the NCAAs.
Michael Alvarado had 14 points for Manhattan (14-18).
W.Kentucky 65, FIU 63
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - George Fant had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Western Kentucky earned its second straight NCAA tournament berth with a win over Florida International (18-14) in the Sun Belt Conference championship game.
The fifth-seeded Hilltoppers (20-15) won four games in four days to secure their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in six seasons .
Cameron Bell led Florida International with 15 points.
Davidson 74, College of Charleston 55
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - De'Mon Brooks had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Davidson defended its Southern Conference championship with a wire-to-wire victory over the College of Charleston.
With two-time conference player of the year Jake Cohen had 12 points despite playing less than half of the game because of foul trouble.
Andrew Lawrence had 19 points for Charleston .
Laing out at Campbell
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Robbie Laing is out as Campbell's coach, the school announced.
Laing, 55, was 114-185 in 10 seasons at Campbell, which went 13-20, 7-9 in the Big South this season.
E&H coach resigns
Emory & Henry has announced the resignation of Paul Russo, who steered the Wasps men's basketball team the past six seasons.
Russo was 42-112 at his alma mater.
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