Longtime JMU Fans are Excited for the Dukes' Big Win

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University fans cheered and rushed the court as their basketball team advanced to the NCAA tournament Monday night. It hasn't happened in 19 years.

Nineteen years was a little too long for alumni like Christine and Adam Anderson. They graduated from JMU in 1993. That's where they met and later got married. They've been in Harrisonburg ever since.

The couple went to the big game Monday night in Richmond.

"It was surreal to be in there. It was the loudest I've heard. It was more of a home game than the actual home games,” said Christine Anderson, “It was a sea of purple, thousands of people. Everyone was standing. Everyone was chanting. It was just so exciting."

Adam Anderson said the big win was a highlight of his time at the school.

"After being here for over 20 years, it's probably one of my best memories of JMU."

Teresa French, Christine's coworker, went to the game too. She said she's not just excited for the fans, but also for the players.

"I mean they worked so hard to get to where they were. I was just so proud of them and so proud of the couching staff. It was just so emotional to see them being recognized," said French.

On Tuesday, the players were recognized all over campus, cheering for themselves after the big win. It was a special time for the team and for the students.

"It's very exciting, especially for a school where basketball isn't really our main, main thing," said Glen Bonforte.

It's a different story for the Andersons, who remember the last time basketball was the main thing at JMU.

"Basketball was huge when I was a student here. Football not a lot of people went. Basketball was the thing to do. You were on waiting lists to get a ticket as a student," said Christine Anderson.

Now, they're excited to see where the Dukes play next.

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