Game #9-509: William & Mary Tribe vs. James Madison DukesMarch 9, 2013 8:30 pm
The CAA Saturday quarterfinal night session revived some of the fan-based intensity of the opener after a somewhat uninspired supporting crowd
in the intermediate contest. With the tournament in its final year in Richmond and two teams from Virginia in action, that was no surprise. And despite William & Mary's six seed, Tribe fans had reason to be hopeful--only one week prior, their team lost by just two to third-seeded James Madison in Williamsburg. W&M had led by 16 at halftime of that contest on 76 percent shooting from the field, and so while they eventually fell to the Dukes and A.J. Davis's career-high 36 points, it was at least clear that the Tribe matched up well with Madison on paper.
Senior guards Davis and Devon Moore paced the Dukes in the first half. Davis netted 15 points in the frame, while Moore went a perfect five-for-five from the field. Their efforts, along with an Andre Nation triple, powered a 10-2 run to tie it up in the latter part of the half after the Tribe had gone up by eight. At intermission, Madison clung to a one-point edge, at 34-33.
Just as they had in the first, William & Mary led throughout much of the second half. Trailing 43-40 early on, Terry Tarpey ignited a 10-0 spurt that included back-to-back treys from Kyle Gaillard and Brandon Britt. That seven point advantage only lasted for one possession, but the Tribe built it up again with just under 10 minutes to play, before Madison made its push behind another senior, forward Rayshawn Goines.
Goines began the run with an old-school #superhoop, watched Davis lay one in, tied it with his own layup, and, following a few baskets by Moore and Davis, capped off the 17-2 outburst with another layup. Goines, who didn't score in the first half, erupted for 13 points in the second, including two just before the final media timeout that put the Dukes up eight and the game out of reach for the Tribe.
In total, seniors Goines, Davis and Moore combined for 53 of their team's 72 points in the victory.
In the end, W&M's paper parity with Madison didn't pan out. Marcus Thornton did have a game-high 25 points for the six seed, but the Dukes' +11 rebounding advantage was too much to overcome--the Tribe simply didn't have the size or athleticism to sustain their various leads throughout the game.
Speaking of differences between the proverbial paper and reality, the CAA quarterfinals were far more entertaining than their chalky outcomes would suggest. Drexel and Hofstra almost completed sensational comebacks, the latter in thrilling fashion, and William and Mary held its own for the majority of its game. But in each case, the higher seed found a way to pick up the win, and the Colonial ended Saturday with each of its top four teams intact.
JAMES MADISON 72, WILLIAM & MARY 67
WILLIAM & MARY 13-17 (7-11) -- M. Thornton 8-12 6-7 25; K. Gaillard 2-4 0-1 5; B. Britt 4-10 6-7 17; M. Rum 0-5 0-0 0; T. Rusthoven 5-8 5-7 15; T. Tarpey 2-3 0-0 4; F. Heldring 0-0 1-2 1; J. Boatner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-42 18-24 67.
JAMES MADISON 18-14 (11-7) -- A. Davis 8-13 2-5 20; D. Moore 8-12 1-2 20; A. Nation 3-8 0-1 7; R. Goins 5-13 3-4 13; A. Diouf 2-4 1-2 5; C. Cooke 0-2 0-2 0; R. Curry 2-4 2-2 7; T. Bessick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 9-18 72.
Three-point goals: CWM 7-19 (K. Gaillard 1-3; M. Rum 0-4; B. Britt 3-4; T. Rusthoven 0-1; M. Thornton 3-6; T. Tarpey 0-1), JMU 7-18 (D. Moore 3-5; A. Davis 2-6; C. Cooke 0-2; R. Curry 1-2; A. Nation 1-3); Rebounds: CWM 21 (M. Rum 6), JMU 28 (R. Goins 6); Assists: CWM 12 (F. Heldring 2), JMU 9 (D. Moore 8); Total Fouls -- CWM 17, JMU 18; Fouled Out: CWM-None; JMU-A. Nation.