RICHMOND, Va., March 6, 2010 - Third-seeded William and Mary rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to defeat #11 James Madison, 70-65, in the final quarterfinal matchup of the 2010 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men's Basketball Championship.
Senior guard David Schneider (Phoenix, Ariz.) went 6-of-9 from 3-point range and led the Tribe with a game-high 23 points and senior Danny Sumner (Fairfax, Va.) tallied 22 points, 18 of which came in the second half.
Junior forward Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va.) posted his league-leading 12th double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds on 7-of-8 FG shooting. Sophomore forward Julius Wells (Toledo, Ohio) chipped in 14 points, while freshman guard Darren White (Danville, Va.) scored 11.
The Tribe (21-9) advances to tomorrow's second semifinal against #2 Northeastern at 5:30 p.m. James Madison ends its season 13-20 with the loss.
JMU shot 54.2 percent in the first half and built a 33-24 advantage at the break. After trailing 10-9 after the first four minutes, the Dukes went on a 17-5 run to go ahead 26-15.
The lead grew early in the second half as Madison went up 44-30 on a Bowles dunk with 15:37 remaining. However the Tribe responded with a 10-0 run over the next 4:04 to trim the lead down to just four, at 44-40, on a pair of Quinn McDowell free throws.
Down 52-47, W&M got back-to-back treys from Schneider and Sumner to take a 53-52 lead with 5:06 remaining. Those treys kick-started a 16-2 Tribe run, with a Marcus Kitts (Holly Springs, N.C.) dunk with 2:05 to go giving the College a 63-54 lead, its largest of the game.JMU shot 50 percent from the floor, while the Tribe hit only 40.4 percent. But W&M drained 11 three-pointers and turned the ball over only five times.