James Madison University and La Salle University won last night to secure spots in the first full round of the national men’s college basketball tournament.
James Madison defeated Long Island University-Brooklyn 68-55 in an East region game and La Salle topped Boise State 80-71 in a West region contest, both in Dayton, Ohio.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament round of 64 begins today with Midwest region top seed Louisville playing North Carolina A&T and West region No. 1 Gonzaga facing Southern. Sixteen games are scheduled for today, with 16 more set for tomorrow.
A.J. Davis scored 20 points and Charles Cooke added 15 for James Madison (21-14), a 16th seed that meets top-seeded Indiana in an East region game tomorrow. Rayshawn Goins, the Dukes’ top scorer and rebounder this season, contributed four points in the second half after sitting out the first half with a suspension following his March 17 arrest on charges of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.
Jamal Olasewere scored 20 for LIU (20-14) and C.J. Garner had 16 points.
Tyrone Garland scored 22 points and Ramon Galloway had 21 for La Salle (22-9), seeded 13th in the West region. The Explorers face fourth-seeded Kansas State tomorrow.
Anthony Drmic scored 28 points for Boise State (21-11).