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We’re Going To The CAA Championship

15 May

The baseball game today had an abrupt stop. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t hear any horn indicating that there was lighting. When the big storm came by, we assumed that the game was over. My dad and I even went back home. When we saw that the rain stopped and JMUSports said that the game was going to start up again, we went back to the ballpark. On our way there, we got the great news that the game did start back up. We got there at the bottom of the third inning.

We missed what Towson did at the top of the third. Did I care? No. I was just glad we got their just in time to see the Dukes bat.

In the fourth, JMU finally got on the board on a SAC fly by Cole McInturff. JMU went into the fifth up by two. Towson cut the lead in half in the top half of the fifth, and that was the closest JMU have ever been to almost losing. The Dukes scored three runs in the fifth. In the sixth, they scored six runs. The rest was history.

JMU got the 11-1 victory and a spot in the CAA tournament. Also, Old Dominion lost their game today, so JMU is now tied for first in the CAA.

This was a good way to end their season at home. Now, we’ll see how the rest of the season (and the CAA tournament) plays out.

Their next game is Tuesday at Radford. First pitch at 6pm.

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CAA Champions…Again

13 Mar

Dawn Evans led the Dukes to their sixth CAA title (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

After winning a CAA championship last year, the women’s basketball team comes back to win another CAA title.

The season started a little rough, but their amazing performance in CAA play made the Dukes a heavy favorite to win the CAA title. Now, they’ve won their sixth CAA title and is now on the road to another appearance in the NCAA tournament.

This is a JMU team that was ready and willing for this game and it shows.

However, it wasn’t easy. It seemed like late in the second half, Delaware was about to come back. JMU was still able to hold them off and secure the win and the CAA title.

Dawn Evans led the game with 24 points and Lauren Jimenez led the game in rebounds with 14.

Now, we’re headed to the NCAA tournament. The big question is: Who will we play? Well, we’re going to find out Monday night.

I want to see the Dukes make it past the first round of the tournament.

Congrats on the CAA title and good luck in the NCAA tournament. Go Dukes!!

 

A Look At The 2011 CAA Championship

26 Feb

JMU Men's Basketball ends the season on a pretty good note and I hope they do well in the CAA tournament.

The 21-10 (10-8 CAA) Dukes ended the season on a good note. Like I expected, JMU won two of the final three games so I think they ended the season well.

Anyway, now it’s time to prepare for the CAA Championship.

At this point, it seems like the best bet for the Dukes is they go to the NIT. However, JMU does have a chance to make it the NCAA tournament if they win the CAA tournament, and it’s not going to be easy.

The first game is Friday night and it’s against William and Mary. Of course, we had that pretty bad game against W&M at home. However, beating VCU does prove that they do have a fighting chance against the Tribe. I think JMU will pull their act together and come out with a win.

If they beat W&M, they play Saturday night against Hofstra. Hofstra, I’ll admit, will be a lot tougher than William and Mary. That said, we didn’t play terrible against Hoftra. It’s just that they failed in the last minutes of the second half and in overtime. So, it won’t be impossible, but it will be a tough game.

So, winning at least one game in the championship will give the Dukes a good chance at the NIT. It would be nice to win the whole thing and make it into the NCAA tournament, but I don’t see that happening.

Good luck, Dukes!

Not The Best Win, But Hey…

15 Feb

There was no way JMU was going to lose this game. Towson was going into this game with a 0-15 CAA record and a 14 game losing streak. JMU has had struggled a lot winning only 4 out of their last 10 games.

Despite the numbers advantage, I wasn’t going to be 100% on whether they would win or not. Don’t get me wrong, I was really confident that JMU would come out with the W. However, that same confidence led to extreme disappointment when we played W&M at home.

Today, instead of breaking down the game, I’m going to list what I liked and what I didn’t like from tonight’s game.

What I liked:

1. 40 points from Denzel

Denzel Bowles had an amazing day in the points category. Scoring 40 points. No one, on either team, scored half that many points. Bowles accounted for 56% of the JMU offense today. Good job, Denzel.

2. Better performance defensively

Don’t let the score fool you. JMU actually did play better than the last time they played Towson, at least on defense. When we played Towson at home, we allowed 68 points. This time, we only allowed 61. A small margain, but it’s still good.

What I didn’t like:

1. Scoring fewer points on offense

If one person can score more than half of what the entire team scored, that proves that something needs to be done on offense. Remember, they scored 99 points the last time we played Towson. I felt like they could have done a little better on offense, especially in the first half.

2. Slow first half

Oh my god, I’ve said this to the point that I get tired of saying it, but here it goes: JMU had a slow first half. For an opponent like Towson, you’d expect a little better performance right off the bat. The second half literally decided the game for JMU as the first half ended in a 33-33 tie.

JMU has three games left in the schedule. I’m hoping that we can end the regular season on a good note. I want them to win at least 2 of the last three games. It seems like too much, but I think they could do it. If you look at how close JMU was to beating VCU. I hope they can finish what they started.

Their next game is Saturday at the Convocation Center. The BracketBuster game against the 13-12 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.


No Revenge Today

12 Feb

You know, my dad and I considered taking a trip to George Mason to see this game. Well, we’re glad we didn’t. When we lost to GMU a few weeks ago, I yelled out “REVENGE” as I thought that JMU could get revenge on George Mason. Man, was I wrong.

The first half had promise. In fact, I was kind of surprised. We were up 21-9 at one point. However, GMU slowly started coming back. Yeah, it was slow and if you were watching the games, you might haven’t noticed until about 5 minutes left in the half when JMU was only up by two (27-25). GMU, however, was able to end the half with a 40-38.

Oh my god, was the second half a different story. I’ll just sum this half up in a few words: George Mason ran away with the lead. In the second half, GMU outscored JMU 43-30 and they got the 82-68 win.

JMU goes down to 18-9 (8-7 CAA) for the year. JMU is now in 6th in the CAA standings. They’re 5 games behind the leader, which happens to be George Mason.

Today was one of those quiet days for JMU. Julius Wells and Devon Moore led the team in points with 14. Denzel Bowles led the team in rebounds with 11

Four games left in the schedule for JMU. The next game is at Towson at Tuesday. Tip-off at 7pm ET.

Really, How Does JMU Do This?

9 Feb

JMU has had two big comebacks already this season. One against Princeton and one at Delaware. Well, today, they got their third and I got to say that Drexel really let their guard down on this one.

Drexel started out with a 11-0 run in a little less than four minutes. JMU scored two three-pointers and then, the first half was down hill from there.

The gameflow of tonight's game. The first half looked like Drexel would run away with the game. However, JMU somehow came back (Courtesy: ESPN.com)

 

If you look at the gameflow, you see that Drexel (the darker line) had a HUGE lead straight from the start of the first half. They were leading 21-6 at one point.

After the really disappointing game against W&M, I really felt a little sick watching them because they were playing like they haven’t this season.

However, JMU was still in this game. Sometimes, I forget that the Dukes always have this “the game is not until it’s over” attitude with these games and that was a really big boost here. The Dukes came all the way back and they were only trailing by three at halftime.

Wow! That really surprised me.

The second half was a different story. Again, look at the gameflow for a second. You see that JMU starts to pull away in the second half, which has been the Dukes’ tradition all throughout this season. Once JMU took the lead, Drexel couldn’t stand a chance. The final score was a 68-54 win for JMU. A fourteen point win, and to think we were losing by almost twenty points earlier in this game.

I really give credit to the Dukes. Good Job! I also have to give credit to Humpty Hitchens for sticking through the game even though he was sick.

Denzel Bowles led the game in scoring with 23 points and Bowles also led the game in rebounds with 13.

We have five games left until the end of the season. Their next game is Saturday when they travel to George Mason. Tip-off at 5pm ET.

 

 

I’m Still Alive, Everybody

8 Feb

Hey guys!

I know I haven’t gotten any posts out lately. However, I’m going to make it up for it now.

2/2/11 MBB vs. William and Mary- Oh my god, was I disappointed. We already beat W&M once. I didn’t think they could play this badly. Lots of turnovers, lack of offensive rebounds, and not being able to make any baskets really killed us, especially when we were trailing only by three with less than a minute left. I didn’t even stay for the knockout game and neither did a lot of Dukes fans. However, they were still able to break the record so, I’m glad that they broke the record. Still, it was still a tough game to watch and it ended with a 73-67 loss.

2/5/11 MBB vs. VCU- I couldn’t really cover this game because I was doing more important stuff during while the game was going on. When I heard that the final score was only a 70-66 loss, I was kind of surprised. I didn’t think the score would be that close.¬† However, I was expecting a loss and nothing really surprised me here.

2/6/11 WBB vs. Old Dominion- Okay, this missing this one was entirely my fault. With the excitement of the Super Bowl and everything (by the way, GO PACKERS), I honestly forgot that there was a game, and that’s a big fail because there has always been a game on Sunday’s. Why would this one be different? Anyway, the women’s team is now playing like they never played at all this season. A great¬† 67-58 over ODU on Sunday now gave the Dukes the top spot in the CAA.

Now, I’m officially caught up. I’ll be back here tomorrow when the men’s team plays at Drexel. Tip-off is at 7pm ET.