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.