JMU Students Celebrate Dukes NCAA Tournament Victory

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- The crowd was loud at O'Neill's restaurant during the James Madison University vs. LIU Brooklyn game.
It was standing room only. All eyes were fixed on TVs for their hometown Dukes. When halftime came, some were a little worried. JMU was only up by one point.

"They started out hot. It was looking pretty good, they played some good defense. Definitely missed Rayshawn on the inside. Towards the end of the half, they stumbled a little bit but the second half will be good," said JMU junior Dillon Fail.

Once the second half started, it was all JMU. Students and fans cheered on their team as hard as they could.
In the end, the Dukes were able to top the Blackbirds.

"Well they had me worried for a little while. But per-usual with this team, we were able to pull it out in the end. We got some great senior leadership. Some great freshmen, and we were able to find a way to get it done," said JMU junior Connor Butler.

"You know it's an exciting win for the program. I know everyone here has been waiting for it for 19 years. It's awesome that we can get on this national spotlight and get the win," said JMU junior Matt Butta.

Students and fans are really excited to see what's going to happen against Indiana on Friday. It will be the number 16 seed vs. the number 1 seed.
If the Dukes win, it could be the first time a 16 seed beats the number 1 seed.

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