DAYTON, Ohio — After winning the program's first NCAA Tournament game in 30 years, James Madison has to gear up for Indiana.
A.J. Davis, who stepped in as a starter because the leading scorer was suspended for a half, led the way with 20 points as the Dukes beat LIU-Brooklyn 68-55 on Wednesday night in the First Four.
Immediately, their thoughts turned to the top-seeded Hoosiers (27-6), who they'll play on the same University of Dayton Arena court on Friday night.
"They're Indiana," defensive stalwart Andre Nation said. "We know about them. We see them on the TV all the time. It's not nothing new."
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He's not the only Duke who was undaunted.
"We have some older guys. They're typically pretty unafraid of any of the challenges we face," Coach Matt Brady said.
James Madison was without suspended starter Rayshawn Goins for the first half but built a big lead. After the Blackbirds (20-14) battled back to take a brief lead, the Dukes closed the game on a 10-2 run.
Davis opened the game with an emphatic three and he didn't let up.
"Coach said don't do anything outside of your character, just be humble and play your game," Davis said.
Charles Cooke, who hadn't scored in three of his last four games, added 15 points and Nation added 14 for the Dukes, who were winless in the NCAA Tournament since 1983 and hadn't played in the Big Dance in 19 years.
Jamal Olasewere had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blackbirds, who have lost in their first game in each of their six trips to the tournament.
La Salle 80, Boise State 71: Tyrone Garland led La Salle's guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers got the better of an old-fashioned shootout. The 13th-seeded Explorers (22-9) play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday.
Ramon Galloway, one of the Atlantic 10's top scorers, added 21 points in a fast-paced offense. The Explorers shot 63 percent from the field.
Boise State (21-11) couldn't keep up in a game of top-this shooting. Anthony Drmic had 28 points for the Broncos.