A season of heartbreak turned into euphoria as 11th-seeded William and Mary knocked off sixth seed James Madison 72-68 in the first round of the CAA tournament behind a tournament single-game record and career high 35 points from junior guard Quinn McDowell.
27 seconds, second half
Kendrix Brown has just secured his ninth rebound, this one on the defensive end, and Matt Rum's two free throws have made it 71-68 Tribe.
JMU has taken a timeout.
54.9 seconds, second half
Tribe freshman guard Brandon Britt just sank two free throws for a 69-68 Tribe lead.
1:07 second half
William and Mary, down 68-67 with 1:07 to play, has just taken a 30-second timeout. The Tribe has the ball and is no doubt drawing up a way to get it to junior guard Quinn McDowell, who has tied the CAA tournament single-game scoring record with 34 points on 10-of-12 shooting, incuding 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
1:32 second half
James Madison was just awarded a timeout during a scramble for a rebound after Kendrix Brown missed a jumper from the top of the key.
2:51 second half
JMU coach Matt Brady just picked up a quick technical foul, and Quinn McDowell's nothing-but-net free throws have put the Tribe up 67-63 with 2:51 to play - and given McDowell 34 points, tying the CAA tournament single-game scoring record.
4:22 second half
JMU isn't going anywhere.
The Dukes have closed within 63-61 on Humpty Hitchens' wide-open 3-pointer from the left corner, and coach Tony Shaver has just taken a wise timeout for the Tribe. Settling in for a stretch run that will see if the young Tribe, plus a seemingly unstoppable Quinn McDowell, can hold on.
Not helping matters is the foul trouble facing the Tribe's guards. Junior Kendrix Brown and freshman Brandon Britt each have four.
7:50 second half
Somebody might want to guard Quinn McDowell.
Actually, JMU is, and the William and Mary junior guard still has 28 points on 9-of-10 shooting, including a 5-of-6 performance from 3-point range. His latest 3 just put the Tribe up 59-55 with 7:53 to play.
McDowell's free throws increased William and Mary's lead to 61-55 and gave him an even 30 with 6:52 to play. His drive in the lane also saddled Andrey Semenov, who has 15 points for the Dukes, with his fourth foul.
11:30 second half
It's 49-46 James Madison as the Tribe, prone to slow second-half starts this season, tries to fight back from another one.
The Tribe fell into an early four-point deficit in the second half, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Quinn McDowell and Brandon Britt gave William and Mary a 40-38 lead. But a quick 7-0 Dukes run put them up 45-40 and forced a Tribe timeout with 15:33 to play.
Senior Tribe center Marcus Kitts picked up his third foul with 16:53 to play, forcing William and Mary to rely on freshman Tim Rusthoven, who simply isn't the physical presence in the middle that Kitts is.
JMU made five of its first eight second-half shots.
It's 34-34 at halftime of William and Mary's first-round CAA tournament game against James Madison.
Tribe junior guard Quinn McDowell has 15 points and is 5-for-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range.