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Mar 23, 2024 12:36 am

James Madison leads wire to wire in beating Wisconsin

James Madison, Wisconsin

NEW YORK — Terrence Edwards Jr. scored 14 points Friday night for 12th-seeded James Madison, which never trailed as it upset fifth-seeded Wisconsin 72-61 in a South Region first-round matchup.

James Madison (32-3), which extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 14 games, will play Duke in a second-round game Sunday. The fourth-seeded Blue Devils beat No. 13 Vermont 64-47 earlier Friday.

T.J. Bickerstaff and Julien Wooden scored 12 points apiece, while Michael Green III added 11 points for the Dukes, who advanced beyond the first round for the first time since 1983.

With James Madison’s victory, a 12 seed has won at least one game against a five seed in 33 of the 39 NCAA Tournaments since it expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Steven Crowl had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Max Klesmit scored all 18 of his points while hitting five 3-pointers in the second half for Wisconsin (22-14), which hasn’t advanced beyond the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since the 2016-17 sason. AJ Storr had 13 points.

Seven players scored in a game-opening 18-5 run for James Madison, which led by as many as 17 before ending the half with a 33-20 lead. The 20 points were the fewest in a half this season by Wisconsin, which committed 13 turnovers in the half.

Wisconsin cut the deficit to single digits four times in the second half before Storr had an old-fashioned 3-point play and Klesmit — who took just two shots in the first half — hit a 3-pointer in a 6-1 run that cut the gap to 52-46 with 8:54 left.

The teams combined to miss their next four shots before Noah Freidel sank a corner 3-pointer 65 seconds later to begin an 11-3 surge for the Dukes, who led by at least nine points the rest of the way.

–Jerry Beach, Field Level Media

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