McDowell's record setting night leads Tribe over JMU

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by Scott Cash

WVEC.com

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 5 at 4:12 AM

RICHMOND, Va., March 4, 2011 – Junior Quinn McDowell set a single-game Colonial Athletic Association Tournament record with 35 points to lead 11th-seeded William and Mary past sixth-seeded James Madison 72-68 in the finale of Friday’s first day of competition at the Richmond Coliseum.

 

W&M improves to 10-21 overall and will meet third-seeded Hofstra Saturday night.  JMU falls to 21-11 overall and will await a possible invitation to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) or the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

 

McDowell hit 10-of-12 field-goal attempts, including 5-of-6 from the arc, and also went 10-for-11 at the free-throw line.  He finished with a CAA record 35 points along with five rebounds and two assists.

 

Sophomore guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) had a career-high 22 points for JMU.  Sophomore forward Andrey Semenov (St. Petersburg, Russia/Blue Ridge School), who at one point had 10 straight JMU points in the second half, and junior forward Julius Wells (Toledo, Ohio/Libbey) added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

 

W&M led 63-57 with 6:06 remaining in the contest after a dunk by Marcus Kitts.  Junior guard Humpty Hitchens (Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe) then hit one of two free-throw attempts followed by a three to cut it to 63-61.

 

McDowell put the Tribe back up 67-63 with a pair of free throws, but Wells canned a trey to cut it to 67-66 with 2:05 to go.

 

JMU got a stop on a missed jumper by Kendrix Brown and Moore responded with a layup to give JMU its first lead in over eight minutes at 68-67 with 1:21 to go.

 

Moore then fouled Brandon Britt with 54.9 seconds left and two free throws put the Tribe back in front to stay.  Julius Wells missed a jumper and Matt Rum made it a three-point game at 71-68 with a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left.

 

On JMU’s possession, Hitchens missed a three from the top of the arc with 10 seconds left and W&M got the rebound.  McDowell hit a free throw and then missed his first of the game at the charity stripe as the Tribe recorded the 72-68 victory.

 

In addition to McDowell’s lights-out shooting effort, the Tribe won it at the free-throw line, hitting 25-of-36 attempts compared to just 10-of-17 for the Dukes, including two front-end misses on free throw bonus opportunities down the stretch. 

 

JMU shot 49% from the floor and went 6-for-16 (37.5%) from the arc.  W&M hit 45.5% from the field and 54% (7-for-13) from long range.

 

The game was tied 34-34 at the break, but the Dukes used an early 7-0 run in the second half to take their biggest lead at 45-40 with 15:44 remaining.  However, W&M responded and tied it at 51-51 with 10:01 to go.  McDowell’s deep three with the shot clock winding down put the Tribe up 54-51, a lead they held until Moore’s basket in the final two minutes.

 

It was a back-and-forth first half of mini runs and momentum swings that featured nine ties and eight lead changes.  The Tribe went up 13-7 only to see Moore hit his second and third three-pointers in the first seven minutes. 

 

The Dukes took the lead 20-17 on a three-point play by Semenov with 9:38 to go on a long jumper.  A bucket by McDowell and a three-pointer put the Tribe up 29-25.  The Dukes knotted the score on a Wells free throw and a Hitchens three. 

 

With the Dukes up 32-31, McDowell hit his second trey of the half.  Moore responded with a runner in the lane to tie the score 34-34 at the half.

 

McDowell led all scorers with 15 points in the opening half.  Moore led the Dukes with 12 while Wells added eight.  Both teams shot better than 50% from the floor for the half while combining to shoot 7-for-10 (70%) from the arc.

 

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