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James Madison sets record for largest knockout game ever

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

If James Madison coach Matt Brady needs a shooter off the bench to spell his overworked starting backcourt, he might be able to pluck one from the roster of the school's baseball team.

Six-foot-6 pitcher D.J. Brown outlasted 200 other competitors to win a two-hour game of knockout held after the Dukes' 73-67 loss to William & Mary on Wednesday night. The contest lasted until well past midnight and broke the Guinness world record for the largest game of knockout ever, shattering the old mark of 167 players set at George Washington in October.

The idea to go after the world record was a marketing ploy designed to increase student turnout for Wednesday's game. The line of participants snaked all the way around the court, with the school's mascot, "Duke Dog" taking the first shot.

Once the contest finally got down to the last two competitors, Brown showcased the shooting stroke that earned him honorable mention all-Central Virginia as a senior and helped him lead Orange County High to the state quarterfinals that year. He sank four straight free throws before eliminating his opponent on a layup when both of them missed.

Brown's prize was an iPod Nano, not exactly a life-changing item considering the two hours of effort he put in to win it. Maybe James Madison will let him suit up for a basketball game later this season in addition.

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