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JMU roundup: Hoosiers end Dukes' NCAA run


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DAYTON, Ohio -- Freshmen scored 46 of the 62 points for the 16th-seeded James Madison men's basketball team, but top-seeded Indiana grabbed a 23-point first half lead and shot 53 percent for the game to deal Madison an 83-62 loss in the NCAA Tournament Second Round at the University of Dayton Arena on Friday afternoon.

The loss stopped JMU's five-game winning streak, including four straight in postseason play. The Dukes concluded the 2012-13 season with a 21-15 record, tied for their second-most wins in program history. The Hoosiers (28-6) move on to Sunday's Third Round where they'll take on ninth-seeded Temple.

Freshmen guards Andre Nation and Charles Cooke each poured in career-highs to pace the Dukes' attack. Nation hit on 10 of his 16 shot attempts, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds and a block. Cooke scored 18 points, hitting on four of five 3-point attempts. Redshirt senior guard Devon Moore handed out four assists to become the first player in school history to surpass 500 assists, finishing with 502.

Yogi Ferrell led five IU players in double figures with 16, adding a game-high eight rebounds and six assists. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo contributed 11 points each while Will Sheehey scored 15 points, grabbed three rebounds and handed out two assists. Jordan Hulls was the fifth player in double figures with 10.

Indiana won the battle on the boards, pulling down 38 to JMU's 28, including 11 offensive rebounds. IU shot 52.7 percent for the game while JMU shot 41.9 percent, including 40 percent from 3-point range.

After being outscored by 21 in the first half, the Dukes hung with the Hoosiers in the second half as each team scored 40 points in the period. Freshmen scored 34 of the 40 second half points for Madison including all 18 of Cooke's points. Nation poured in 14 points of his points in the second 20 minutes while rookie guard Ron Curry added a second-half bucket.

The Hoosiers never let Madison get any closer than 19 points after the intermission, stifling any Madison run with an answer on the offensive end. Sheehey scored nine of points in the second half to help keep the Dukes at bay.

Indiana came out firing from the opening tip, scoring a layup on a fourth opportunity during its first possession. Ultimately the Hoosiers scored the first nine points of the game before forcing JMU head coach Matt Brady to call his first timeout. Ferrell paced the IU attack early scoring 14 of the team's first 16 points, including making all six of his shots as Indiana led 18-7 at the second media timeout.

The Hoosiers stayed hot from the floor, making five of their first nine 3-point attempts and hitting on 63 percent of their shots to hold onto a 29-12 lead by the under-eight minute timeout. JMU shot just 29.4 percent from the field in the game's opening 12 minutes but received seven points on 3-of-4 shooting from redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis.

IU carried a 43-22 lead into halftime, finishing the first 20 minutes shooting 57.1 percent and grabbing seven offensive rebounds. Ferrell led all players with 14 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists. Zeller had seven points and three rebounds while Sheehey made three of his five field goal attempts for six points.

Nation led the Dukes with 10 points, adding two rebounds and a block. Davis contributed seven points on 3-for-6 shooting. Redshirt senior forward Rayshawn Goins had a team-best five rebounds while Moore led JMU with a pair of assists.

Swimming

INDIANAPOLIS -- James Madison sophomore swimmer Sin Hye Won became the first swimmer in school history to compete in the NCAA Championships on Friday, finishing 43rd in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke.

The NCAA Championships are being held at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis this week. Won joins senior diver Kimberly Helfrich as the only members of the JMU Swimming and Diving team to compete in the NCAA Championships. Helfrich competed in both the one-meter and three-meter boards in the 2011 championship.

"We are very proud of Sin Hye representing James Madison on a national stage," head swimming and diving coach Samantha Smith said. "As a program, we have achieved many NCAA qualifying standards, but she is the first female to be invited to swim at this meet."

Smith added, "Naturally, Sin Hye had a lot of nerves this morning going into her first race. Although she didn't record the time she was hoping for, we are happy with her success. She learned a lot, gained invaluable experience and is excited for another race tomorrow."

Won turned in a time of 1:01.71 to finish the swim 43rd out of 48 participants. She holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.29. The sophomore established that mark at the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, last month.

Won wraps up her trip to Indianapolis and the NCAA Championships on Saturday by participating in the 200-yard breaststroke. She qualified 49th in the 200 with a time of 2:13.60. Saturday's preliminary session starts at 11 a.m.

Baseball

George Mason 11, JMU 2

FAIRFAX -- George Mason struck for five runs in the third and added a Tommy Vitaletti grand slam in the fourth to take an early lead and went on to defeat James Madison 11-2 in the opener of a Colonial Athletic Association baseball series on Friday afternoon at Spuhler Field.

JMU lost its third game in a row to fall to 11-9 overall and 4-2 in the CAA. GMU improved to 11-10 overall and 4-3 in the league.

Vitaletti went 3-for-5 with five RBIs, hitting a double to go along with this grand slam. His effort aided starter Jared Gaynor, who improved to 2-2 with a complete-game outing. Gaynor limited JMU to two runs, one earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts in his nine innings of work.

Sophomore Patrick Toohers took the loss after surrendering seven runs on five hits in three innings. Senior center fielder Johnny Bladel was the lone JMU position player with multiple hits, smacking a pair of doubles and being hit by a pitch.

In addition to Vitaletti, third baseman Blaise Fernandez was 3-for-5 with two RBIs for GMU. First baseman Mick Foley also had a pair of hits as part of the 12-hit attack for the Patriots.

JMU struck first with a run in the third as Bladel drove in freshman catcher Bobby San Martin.

However, Mason struck back quickly with its five-run bottom of the third. Vitaletti's single tied the score at 1-1 and the Patriots kept things going with an RBI single by Duncan Satherlie, a two-run single by Fernandez and a fielder's choice groundout by Anthony Montefusco.

After Vitaletti's slam in the fourth, JMU got one run back in the sixth with Bladel scoring on a passed ball. Mason scored twice in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Tucker Tobin. Vitaletti later scored when Fernandez reached on an error.

The teams will play game two of the series on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.



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