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James Madison 68, LIU Brooklyn

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DAYTON -- James Madison played without leading scorer Rayshawn Goins for the first half of Wednesday's First Four matchup with LIU Brooklyn. But the Dukes, who never trailed while Goins was on the bench, got 20 points and four 3-pointers from Charles Cooke added 15 points, lifting them to a 68-55 victory over the Blackbirds in a first-round NCAA Tournament game played at University of Dayton Arena.

James Madison (21-14) advances to face No. 1 seed Indiana in the second round Friday at 4:10 p.m. at UD Arena.

Andre Nation added 14 points for the Dukes who recorded their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1983.

Jamal Olasewere scored 20 points and C.J. Garner added 16 for LIU Brooklyn (20-14).

Goins returned to the Dukes lineup to begin the second half but it took him a while to get acclimated. Goins missed his first three shots and two free throws before his two straight baskets put JMU ahead 58-51 with fewer than seven minutes remaining.

After serving his first half suspension, Goins finished with four points and eight rebounds.

LIU Brooklyn trailed in Wednesday's game until Reed hit a pair of free throws with 15:02 remaining to put the Blackbirds ahead 40-39. But JMU answered with a 9-0 run to regain control.

With Goins cheering from the bench, James Madison's offense got off to a hot start.

A.J. Davis, who made his ninth start this season in Goins' absence, began the game with a long 3-pointer.

A 3-pointer by Cooke and layup by Nation put James Madison ahead 10-2. Davis' dunk off a lob pass from Devon Moore highlighted the hot start by the Dukes, who led by as many as 12 points in the first half.

Cooke and Davis made back-to-back 3-pointers to put James Madison ahead 20-8.

However, LIU Brooklyn fought back with a 13-2 run late in the first half to cut the deficit to one point at halftime. Jason Brickman hit two 3-pointers during the Blackbirds' run.

NOTES: Goins was suspended for the first half of the game after being arrested Sunday on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing justice. Goins, who averages 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, is accused of shouting obscenities at police who were attempting to break up a party early Sunday morning. ... The Dukes made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1994. ... LIU Brooklyn made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and third straight, having lost in the first round to No. 2 seed North Carolina in 2011 and to No. 1 seed Michigan State last season. ... Brickman leads the nation with an average of 8.5 assists per game.

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