Senior guards A.J. Davis and Devon Moore combined for 40 points, helping third-seeded James Madison beat No. 6 William & Mary 72-67 in the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum.
Davis and Moore scored 20 points apiece for James Madison (18-14), which will play No. 2 Delaware in Sunday's semifinals. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored 25 points for William & Mary (13-17).
William & Mary went up 25-17 after Thornton scored seven points in 1:51 to fuel a 10-0 run, but James Madison responded with a 12-2 burst and took a 34-33 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Tribe took the lead when Thornton scored as part of a 10-0 run that put William & Mary up 50-43 with 13:35 remaining in the game, but James Madison rallied to reclaim the lead on a free throw by senior forward Rayshawn Goins with 7:18 to go.
The Dukes stretched their lead to 66-58 with 3:41 to play. The Tribe cut the lead to three on three occasions and had a chance to tie late, but Thornton missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining.