Posts Tagged ‘James Madison’

Posts Tagged ‘James Madison’

Huskies clinch share of CAA Regular Season Title

February 21st, 2013

The Northeastern Huskies got back ended a two game losing with a win over 2nd place James Madison Dukes. The win for the Huskies, at 13-3 in CAA play, secured at least a share of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title with two games remaining thanks to the heroics of freshmen guard David Walker’s 2 point basket with 2 seconds remaining. The Dukes came in winning 7 of their last night as well as two consecutive against Towson and Delaware. However, the season-high crowd of 3,463 came to historic Matthew’s arena and added to this historic occasion.

Northeastern and James Madison were ready for the potentially tough game, and came out in a tightly contested first half. Northeastern’s largest lead was 7 in the first half while Sophomore Reggie Spencer did much of the early on the low block. Spencer also hit a three pointed with the shot clock running down in the first half which was his first attempt and make of his collegiate career. With threes from Demetrius Pollard, Joel Smith and Zach Stahl late in the first half, the Huskies took a 6 point lead into the locker room at half.

That halftime lead evaporated within four minutes of the second half as turnovers and allowing offensive rebounds plagued the Huskies coming out of halftime. Charles Cooke and Rayshawn Goins led the push here for the Dukes turning that six point deficit into a six point lead on the road. Seniors Jon Lee and Joel Smith struggled a bit in this contest as it appears Joel Smith is still recovering from his ankle injury. Down 6 Coach Bill Coen went with his young lineup featuring only freshmen and sophomores and this group was able to claw their way back and tied that game up at the 5 minute mark. From this point down the stretch neither team led by more than 3 points. As senior guard A.J. Davis came off the bench for the Dukes and provided a huge spark from behind the arc. Davis scored 21 points and hit 4 threes, one of which tied the game with 18 seconds left. But it was David Walker’s game winning shot with 2.8 remaining from the assist by Jon Lee that proved to be the difference.

Quincy Ford and David Walker really picked up the offense with Joel Smith and Jon Lee struggling to find their offensive rhythm. Reggie Spencer played a very solid 30 minutes with 13 points and 5 rebounds as well as being tasked with guarding and limiting the talented Rayshawn Goins, who ended the night with 6 points.

The Huskies can take a bit of rest this week as they take their longest break since the December Holiday break. The Huskies will travel to Georgia State next week for a Wednesday night game. In the mean time The Northeastern Huskies can celebrate clinching at least of share of their first ever CAA championship and first conference championship since they won the America East in the 1992-93 season.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day One

March 2nd, 2012

The Road Starts Here! Welcome to the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. For the next four days, 12 teams will play 11 games, and only one can be crowned CAA champion.

Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne will be in Richmond all weekend, bringing you live coverage of each game. Be sure to check out the Dog Pound Sport Sound today at 3 p.m. to hear the team break down Northeastern’s game against William & Mary at 6 p.m. You can hear that game right here on WRBB Sports starting at 5:45.

There are four games on the docket today. Here is the schedule:

12 p.m. – #8 James Madison vs. #9 UNCW
2:30 p.m. – #5 Delaware vs. #12 Towson
6 p.m. – #7 Northeastern vs. #10 William & Mary
8:30 p.m. – #6 Georgia State vs. #11 Hofstra

JMU and UNCW are set to tip off in a matter of minutes. Keep it locked here all day for coverage of CAA Basketball. Read more…

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Previewing the CAA Awards Banquet

March 1st, 2012

The 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in less than 24 hours. While Thursday is the calm before the storm, the league will take time this evening to recognize the top performers of the 2011-12 season with the CAA Awards Banquet.

First, let’s explore picks from pundits Mike Litos of, Mark Selig of, Tim Pearrell of The Richmond Times-Dispatch,  Brian Mull of The Wilmington Star News and Phil Kasiecki of

The honors will be handed out at the banquet, which begins at 7 p.m., but let’s take a look at the awards and what hardware we think Northeastern could go home with.

Player of the Year: Pretty much self-explanatory. The top player in the league is recognized with this award, and for the first time since 2009 the award will not say “Charles Jenkins” on it. The former Hofstra standout won the award in 2010 and 2011, and before that VCU’s Eric Maynor claimed the title in 2008 and 2009. The major candidates this year are Ryan Pearson of George Mason and Frantz Massenat of Drexel, although Kent Bazemore of ODU is getting consideration as well.
Northeastern candidate: If I had to go with one I’d say junior captain Jonathan Lee, who led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three point percentage and assists and was second in the league in minutes per game. Likelihood: None.
My pick: Pearson. Struggled down the stretch but averaged 17.8/8.5 for a team with a new coach that lost two of its three leading scorers from a season ago. Pearson is also a senior, and like it or not experience will push him past Massenat, a sophomore. Read more…

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QuickCast: Basketball at James Madison

January 9th, 2012

After a back and forth first half Jonathan Lee and Quincy Ford deliver in crunch time to lead the Huskies to a 68-56 road win at James Madison.

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NU 68, JMU 56: Quincy Ford, Jonathan Lee Duo Dominates Dukes

January 8th, 2012

What happened?

Looking to bounce back from a loss at home to UNCW on Wednesday, Northeastern traveled to Harrisonburg, Va. to face a depleted JMU squad on Saturday afternoon. The Dukes, who were down to only nine available players due to an illness that sidelined Julius Wells, struggled to keep up with Northeastern’s fast paced attack. The Huskies pushed the ball up the floor after missed shots and turnovers, grabbing an early 18-11 edge at the 12:35 mark of the opening half. JMU responded by pounding the ball inside, resulting in three dunks over the next three minutes to close the gap. Both clubs traded leads over the final eight minutes of the half, with NU taking a 32-31 lead at halftime.

The opening minutes of the second stanza seemed to mirror those of the first, with each team trading points back and forth. Beginning with a jumper from Kashief Edwards at the 13:32 mark of the half, the Huskies went on a 13-3 run to pull ahead by 11 points with 7:06 to go. Quincy Ford played a major role in Northeastern’s success, collecting seven points in a three minute span. The Dukes would not go quietly, however, as a half court trap stifled NU’s attack and allowed JMU to run off eight straight points to make it a 53-50 game with 4:22 remaining.

With momentum on JMU’s side and the game hanging in the balance, Northeastern ended the contest on a 15-3 run to seal the win. Jonathan Lee drilled a clutch three to halt the hosts’ run, followed soon after by another three from fellow captain Joel Smith. Ford then delivered on back-to-back sequences, hitting a turnaround jump shot with the shot clock near expiration, then using his long arms to force a steal that led to his own breakaway dunk. Lee and Alwayne Bigby added three free throws in the final 34 seconds to send the JMU fans to the exits and give NU a 68-56 victory. Read more…

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Press Pass: Basketball at James Madison

January 7th, 2012

Huskies head coach Bill Coen, along with Jonathan Lee and Quincy Ford, talk about Northeastern’s impressive 68-56 victory at James Madison on Saturday, which evened the squad’s CAA record at 2-2.

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Meanwhile, a frustrated Matt Brady discusses his Dukes’ recent struggles.

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This week on WRBB Sports

January 2nd, 2012

Monday, January 2

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at Towson Tigers
from Towson Center Arena in Towson, Md.
with Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne

Wednesday, January 4

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. UNC-Wilmington Seahawks
from Matthews Arena
with Andy Towne and Alex Faust

Saturday, January 7

1:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
2:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at James Madison Dukes
from the JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
with Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Hockey Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey vs. US National Team Development Program
from Matthews Arena
with Ben Horner, Jack Thaler, and TBA

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2011-12 CAA Team Previews: James Madison Dukes

September 23rd, 2011

Continuing with our previews of each CAA school in reverse order of finish from 2010-11, here’s what you need to know about the James Madison Dukes.

2010-11 Recap: As has been the case for the Dukes over the past few years, Matt Brady’s team entered the season with high expectations. Many thought that they would be among the CAA’s elite, battling George Mason, Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth for time slots on Saturday in Richmond after a Friday off. Instead, the Dukes finished conference play with a 10-8 record, good for 6th place in the league standings. After starting the non-conference schedule with a 14-point loss at Kansas State, James Madison won 6 in a row, dropped 2 (including their December CAA game against Georgia State), then won another 9 straight which led to the team receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. In all, the Dukes were one of six Colonial teams to reach the 20-win mark, finishing at 21-12. They took a 4-point loss to William & Mary in the first round of the CAA Tournament, but earned an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational where they fell at Davidson by 20.

Against Northeastern: The Dukes and Huskies met on the court just once last season, a January 3 contest in Harrisonburg, Va. Julius Wells led JMU by tying a school-record with 9 three-pointers made as the Virginians walked away with a 75-69 victory. All 11 of Wells’ field goal attempts came from beyond the arc, and he added a free throw for a total of 28 points. Devon Moore chipped in with 12 assists, 6 of those coming on three-pointers from Wells. Northeastern was playing without senior guard Chaisson Allen, who had stayed in Boston with a hamstring injury, and was instead led by 23 points from sophomore center Dinko Marshavelski. After JMU’s Rayshawn Goins scored the first bucket of the game, Northeastern gained the lead, built it up to 8 later in the first half, and did not surrender the advantage until James Madison took over for good just a few minute into the second half. The two teams combined to shoot 52.5% from the floor (NU 50.9%, 27/53; JMU 54.2%, 26/48).

Key Losses:

  • Denzel Bowles: Probably the best offensive big man in the league, Bowles graduated and will continue his basketball career by playing professionally in Lithuania. After being the 3rd-most prolific scorer in the conference in both total points (581) and points per game (17.6, 33 games), he became the first Duke to earn first-team all-CAA honors since the 2001-02 season (David Fanning). Bowles was the centerpiece that opponents based their game plan around because of his pure offensive ability. Although he wasn’t a defensive player, his 8.8 rebounds per game ranked behind only Drexel’s Samme Givens (10.1) and Old Dominion’s Frank Hassell (9.4) on the league-leaders list, and he also swatted away 53 shots – 4th most in the conference.

Key Returns:

  • Julius Wells: The senior should be on the preseason all-conference first team, and will be the clear leader of the pack. Through three seasons, he already ranks among the best players in JMU history and will solidify his standing in that group with a strong final year. Wells is a strong shooter and has demonstrated that he can drain the long ball and really take over a game when needed. His 10.7 points per game and .345 3-point percentage in 2010-11 were his lowest career marks, but his overall shooting percentage of 39.9% was his best. He has a strong supporting cast of shooters, but will still draw double coverage which could limit his opportunities at times. Nonetheless, there’s nothing to suggest he won’t have a great season.
  • Devon Moore: A solid all-around point guard, Moore can shoot and share. As a red-shirt sophomore, after missing 2009-10 with a knee injury, he started the season as a candidate for the Bob Cousy award which is given to the best point guard in the country. He was 2nd on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game, and set the record for assists by a James Madison sophomore with 137. Also an efficient shooter, Moore and Wells will form one of the better backcourts in the CAA. He’ll have to work through academic eligibility issues, but when he’s on the court he will be a force.
  • Rayshawn Goins: At 6-6, Goins is a versatile forward who will complement Wells and Moore. He came in after two years at Junior College and lit up the floor right away, including a double-double in his Division 1 debut at Kansas State. He wasn’t as strong down the stretch, but if he can play the way he did last November and December, he’ll be able to make some great contributions to the team and get the Dukes off to a running start while they await the return of Moore.

What to Expect: Could this be the year? Again, it seems like we’ve been asking that question for the last couple of seasons. The Dukes only lose one meaningful player and return a handful that could wind up on all-conference squads come March. The loss of Bowles is going to be painful, as they don’t really have any other proven big men. Trevon Flores has been in Bowles’ shadow, but hasn’t had enough opportunities to prove himself. He’ll be helped in the paint by Virginia Tech transfer Gene Swindle and a pair of freshmen. Look for James Madison to shoot – a lot. They’ll earn their wins on offense, not defense, as that’s simply the style of game they play. Though a cursory look at their CAA schedule might make it seem as if it will be difficult year, the traditional powers have all lost significant talent to graduation, transfer, and other miscellaneous reasons. Don’t be surprised if James Madison finishes towards the top of the standings, but don’t be disappointed if they fail to live up to expectations. Either way, Matt Brady’s squad shouldn’t be playing their last game in Richmond – some form of postseason play is likely.

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Press Pass: Basketball vs. James Madison

January 3rd, 2011

Without Chaisson Allen and Vinny Lima, Bill Coen’s 9-man roster fought hard against a very good James Madison team, but lost. Here’s what the coach and sophomore Dinko Marshavelski (career high 23 points) had to say after the game.

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